The formation of a uniformed squad by the All Progressives Congress (APC) code-named “Jagaban Army” by the party has been described as treasonable by the Atiku and Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization.
The Atiku campaign organization, in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, called for the arrest and questioning of APC Presidential Candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Atiku campaign claimed that the Jagaban Army was formed to sabotage the 2023 general elections and conduct vote-snatching operations in favor of the APC presidential candidate.
The opposition team added that the formation of the group was a direct affront to the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agencies as well as an assault on the sovereignty of Nigeria.
The statement reads in part: “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 lends 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 an official militia that will be used to unleash mayhem on the day of the 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.
Nigerians have settled for the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who continues to exhibit maturity, experience and capacity to deliver, and not even the ‘Jagabandits’ of the APC can cow them to submission.”