Darius Dickson Ishaku

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has raised the alarm that the federal government, which is controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has marked seven governors to be rigged out in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

In the same vein, a former vice president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has expressed his preparedness to team up with other patriotic elements in the country to prevent APC from rigging the 2019 general election.

Addressing stakeholders and PDP supporters at the Government House, Jalingo, the state capital, while playing host to Atiku who was in the state as part of his nationwide consultation with PDP stakeholders ahead of the 2019 elections, Ishaku alleged that the APC had concluded plans to take over the states forcefully using security forces and other agencies.

Ishaku further revealed that the 2019 general election would be marred by “clinical and scientific rigging,” especially general inconsistency, and therefore, called on Nigerians to be prepared to defend democracy.

The governor, whose remark was received with thunderous ovation, however, declared that the plan, which he described as evil, would fail, saying the will of God shall surely prevail.

He however, stated that there is the need for the PDP to regain power at the centre in order to salvage the country from the mess it has been plunged into by the APC government.

The governor, who did not name the seven governors, commended Atiku for his bold step and courage to return back to PDP just as he assured him that the people of Taraba State are willing to be part of history to make changes that would end to the cry of Nigerians over the killings of their kinsmen.

But fielding questions from journalists shortly after meeting with stakeholders in the state, Atiku said Nigerians would do everything possible to resist any attempt to rig the forthcoming elections.

The former vice president noted that Nigerians are completely tired of the present government and are in a hurry to give it the red card with their votes in 2019.

He revealed that if given the mandate to rule the country, he would decentralise the security architecture, saying: “Decentralisation of the security architecture of the country was very necessary to the unity of this country.”