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APC plots to hijack Zamfara State, group alleges

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*The Nigerian Democratic Vanguard, a Non-Governmental Organisation, based in Kano State, writes a petition against the All Progressives Congress to the US, UK and France,  alleging the ‘unwholesome, anti-democratic activities’ of the ruling party

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The Nigerian Democratic Vanguard, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in Yankaba Quarters, Kano State, has written a petition against the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The petition, which complained about the “unwholesome, anti-democratic activities’ of the APC, was addressed to President Joe Biden of the United States (US), Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom (UK) and Emmanuel Macron of France.

Mustapha Rabiu Salisu, Leader of the NGO, submitted the petition titled: “Dark Clouds Over Nigeria’s Democracy and Consequences for the West Africa Sub-continent”, at the Abuja Embassies of the US, UK and France.

According to Salisu, they were assured by the embassy officials that the letters would be sent to their President/Prime Ministers respectively.

The Nigerian Democratic Vanguard, in their petition noted that a dark cloud is hanging over Nigeria’s democracy and threatening its survival.

The letter reads in part: “While our democratic journey has not been accident-free in the over two decades of the civilising experience, the contemporary 2023 electoral experience does bear unique nightmarish peculiarities.

“Both local and international election observer groups (including the European Union) have declared the series of 2023 Elections across the country as manipulated, rigged and violence-ridden.”

In what he described as despicable political agenda, the Kano-based NGO said the APC is deliberately targeting the Governor of Zamfara State, Daudu Lawal, in their bid to capture the entire North-West geopolitical Zone in the country.

The reason for such deliberate efforts at demonising and removing Governor Lawal from office is not unrelated to the far-away politics of 2027.

According to the NGO in its petition, “the APC new leadership has already started plotting for the 2027 elections, trying to put in the saddle of leadership governors of the party (APC) to make it easy to rig the most populous block and zone in the country.”

Furthermore, it noted that “the APC-led Federal Government are colluding with the alleged most corrupt Judiciary in the world to use technicalities to quash elections in opposition states.

“The same Judiciary closed its eyes, on certificate forgery allegedly committed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Chicago State University,” the petition stated.

The petitioners notified the global leaders and influencers that the Judiciary is not the only sector that has been captured, conquered and compromised by the APC.  It said the so-called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is in bed with the APC-led Federal Government.

The Kano-based NGO is urging the US, UK and France governments to help save democracy in Nigeria.

The starting point would be to place visa ban, sanctions and seize the assets of the major perpetrators of democratic malfeasance in Nigeria, especially key leaders of APC.

According to Salisu, “we hope these countries we sent petitions to will live up to the tenets and standards of democracy by acting in the interest of the masses, who are bearing the brunt of misgovernance in Nigeria.

Time will tell.

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