Former Nigeria Vice President and chieftain of APC, Atiku Abubakar has cautioned against the use of military for the purpose of election which he said is anathema to the spirit of electioneering politics.
In a statement from his media office in Abuja today, Atiku emphasized: “the use of the military for the purpose of election is an anathema to the very spirit of electioneering politics.”
He made it clear that the rules of engagement of the military violates the principles of fundamental human rights which gives the people the power of franchise.
The former Vice President who was reacting to reported random arrests, by security operatives, of the leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) shortly before the commencement of the governorship election in Osun State today, advised the security personnel to observe neutrality and professionalism in the monitoring of the election.
There was wide spread reports, between yesterday and today, of soldiers and officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) arresting APC leaders and members across the state.
Atiku called on the relevant authorities behind the deployment of troops for the governorship election in Osun State to give instructions to the soldiers and state security agents on the imperative of limited and minimal engagement associated with the nature of their assignment.
According to him, the mood of terror being reported to have been created in the state is capable of distorting the expected free and fair outcome of the election. [myad]