Ahead of the governorship and state Assembly election in Benue state, the youths of the state are protesting in Makurdi over the deployment of military men to the state.
Some of the placards carded by the youths read “we say no to the militarization of Benue”, where was the military when our people were butchered by armed herdsmen”, “don’t use the military to rig Benue elections”, APC doesn’t drag the military into politics.”
The Coalition of United Political Parties had alleged that the Buhari led administration plans to cause violence during the elections.
Pastor Dave Ogbole, the founding member of the Movement Against Fulani Occupation, who spoke on behalf of the youths stated that they were aware of the plot to send top military personnel for the general election.
The spokesman of CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement said Nasarawa, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Anambra, Rivers, Taraba, Abia, Gombe and the Delta States are to be “flooded with Mobile Police Officers from various parts of the country specifically for the purpose of helping the APC rig the elections and return the states to the APC.”
“In furtherance, the APC has resolved that polls will be shifted or disrupted in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue and the Taraba States so that the military can concentrate on those states on the rescheduled dates.”