The former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (Rtd) on Tuesday raised an alarm over plot to rig next month’s elections by people he described as elements of primitive democracy.
Danjuma stated this while commissioning a medical laboratory at Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity Hospital in his hometown, Takum, Taraba State.
The former Chief of Army Staff also noted that there was a plan to cause unrest that would make some states particularly Taraba ungovernable for systematic manipulation.
He advised the people of Taraba to be cautious of the intrigues and not to fall prey of the plot of the evil elements, but stay steadfast and protect their votes and make sure that their votes and the choices they make at the polls are counted.
“We must be careful if we want another four years for our able Governor Arch. Darius Ishaku. We must work hard for peace in addition to just registering and obtaining our permanent voters’ cards.
“There is no need for us to fight ourselves because they will use police and soldiers to destabilize us and rig elections. It is in our best interest to make sure there is peace. We will suffer all forms of provocation because there is going to be enough provocation between now and the time of the election.
“Those behind this plot know that they will not win the election if there is peace. I want to call on you not to sell your votes because you will be selling your birthright if you do so.
“I beg everyone of you to maintain peace so that there are no surprises and so we can have a peaceful election and there is no postponement as a result of instability.
“The last time, even when Darius’ political party was the ruling party, he was made to go into a runoff three times. This time they have perfected rigging. Once you don’t win the first time they will sit down and write the result in the runoff for their candidate. This is the primitive democracy we have in Nigeria today,” he said.
Danjuma called on the people to guard their votes and ensure that their votes count and their will expressed at the ballot is the true reflection of what is announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC.