BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), has condemned in the strongest term what it described as the blatant use of cash-for-votes which it accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of introducing into the nation’s electoral process.
The R-APC noted that the just concluded by-elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi states are testimonies to this fact, adding that it is a sad commentary for a government that preaches anti-corruption as its cardinal philosophy of governance.
A statement by the spokesman of the R-APC, Prince Kassim Afegbua said the desperation to win at all cost and the killings associated with the elections are bad signals towards 2019 general elections.
This is just as the R-APC called on the Acting President to sack the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris, who the factional APC said has shown a manifest incompetence in the discharge of his responsibilities.
It further said; “For example, how can an interim report of the Police on the Lawan Daura saga litter the pages of social media platforms when the investigation remains yet inconclusive?
“How can the Police exonerate itself from the act when it was reported that a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Habila was seen in a meeting with Senators at the Aso Drive private office of the factional chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole? What was he doing there as early as 10:00am on that fateful morning of Tuesday, 7th August, 2018?
“We are calling for an independent Judicial Investigation Panel made of eminent Jurists to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the failed political coup d’etat that clearly undermined the Legislature as an arm of government, and also the invasion of the private residences of Judges, siege on the residences of the Senate President and his Deputy.
“Getting the Police to do the job is to exonerate the Police bearing in mind their earlier siege on the residences of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President barely a week earlier.”