The spate of election violence during the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states should be largely blamed on the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and security agencies, the Forum of Political Parties’ Chairmen has alleged.
In a communiqué read out by the forum’s National Chairman, Chief Kenneth Udeze in Abuja on Monday, the elections in both states were largely marred by activities of political thugs, who were sponsored by the two leading political parties participating in the elections – the APC) and the PDP.
The forum also blamed the failures observed in the Kogi and Bayelsa states’ governorship elections on security agencies, which condoned the free run of thuggery activities during the exercise.
The forum, which had about 62 political parties in attendance, also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and absolved it of any blame for the failures that attended the elections in the two states.
The forum further condemned the involvement of men of the Nigerian Army in the conduct of elections in the country, alleging that like policemen on duty, Nigerian Army personnel who were on election duties aided thugs in disenfranchising the electorate in both states
It demanded for an investigation of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, stating that he should explain how more than 35,000 police personnel were overran by handfuls of political thugs in both states.
It also called for the conclusion of the amendment of the Electoral Act so as to curb the intractable electoral failures in the country.