Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and PDP Governorship candidate in Plateau State, Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni has warned those planing to retain power in 2019 through rigging to perish the thoughts saying that Plateau citizens will not tolerate such again
Useni, who currently represents Plateau South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, spoke to journalists at the week end while reacting to the alleged irregularities that characterized the conduct of the recent Local Government election held in the state last Wednesday
In the just concluded council poll, electoral officials refused to declare results at the collation centres in accordance with Democratic practice and were said to have disappeared to unknown places to manipulate the results, leaving the voters confused and stranded.
The results were later announced at the headquarters of the State Independent Electoral Commission in Jos where the commission’s chairman, Fabian Ntung declared the results in favour of the ruling APC candidates in 11 council areas and went ahead to declare the election in two other council areas as inconclusive to the chargrin of the opposition PDP ,widely believed to have won in nearly all the council areas where elections took place
Useni who described the development as injustice warned that the alleged electoral malpractices in the local government election will not be allowed to repeat itself in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
According to him, the APC administration in the state under Governor Simon Lalong, by that action has further shown that it does not believe in Democracy and must not be allowed to continue to subvert the will of the people
He added that the people are prepared to re-express their will through the ballot box during the forthcoming 2019 elections and stressed that no one can manipulate the outcome against the collective wish of the people and expect it to stand.
He urged the Governor and the APC to play by the rule in the interest of peace and development in the state.