The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, has come under fire from the Atiku/Okowa campaign for allegedly organising a uniformed gang of thugs known as the “Jagaban Army” with the sole intent of committing an electoral heist.
This was said in a statement released by PDP’s campaign’s spokesperson — Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan called the All Progressives Congress (APCcreation )’s of the uniformed unit, known as the “Jagaban Army,” “a treasonable act” and demanded that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, be detained and questioned.
He further said: “The Jagaban Army, which is apparently set up to disrupt the 2023 general elections and raid the polling units for votes on behalf of APC Presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a direct affront to the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agencies as well as an assault on the sovereignty of our nation.
“It is reprehensible that Tinubu can create a rogue force just for the purposes of undermining the electoral and security arrangements of our nation.
“Our Campaign holds that this nefarious act of the APC Tinubu/Shettima Campaign lend credence to the position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and well-meaning Nigerians that Tinubu as well as his rank and file has set out to make our nation ungovernable and thereafter disrupt the 2023 Presidential election scheduled for February 25, 2023, using his army of ‘Jagabandits’.
“The notion of Jagaban Army is a ploy to bring hoodlums, thugs and gangsters together under the cover of the APC and turned them into official militia that will be used to unleash mayhem on the day of election.
“This reckless anti-democratic plot by the ‘Jagabandits’ must also be condemned by all lovers of democracy in Nigeria and across the world over.
“We call on the security agencies to save the lives of Nigerians and protect our electoral process by immediately going after this dangerous formation, arrest those behind this design and save our nation from electoral violence.
“Our campaign counsels Tinubu to note that his Presidential ambition is not a do-or-die affair and that he should not set the nation ablaze just because Nigerians have rejected him and his party, the APC for their mass failures.“
He asserts that Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate, has won the support of Nigerians because he continues to demonstrate maturity, experience, and the ability to deliver, while also claiming that not even the APC’s “Jagabandits” will be able to intimidate Nigerians into voting for them.