By Jide Afolabi, Jos
The Action Democratic Party, ADP, Plateau State Chapter has condemned the event organised by M I Ibaga and Ice Prince in Jos recently and called on security agencies to arrest them and their sponsors.
The event which was held at the popular Polo field in Jos, the state capital witnessed many Plateau residents trooping to the field to catch the glimpse of the star musicians who are both indigenes of the state.
In a press statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Hon Danjuma Dickson Auta, on Monday, he described the show as a ‘scam’ and expressed grave concerns as the 2019 general elections approach.
He alleged that people were asked to submit their Permanent Voters Cards before gaining entrance into the venue of the event which was allegedly sponsored by the state governor, Rt. Hon Simon Lalong who is also the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
He said that the party, “views with grave concern a scam that took place on the night of 31st January 2019 at the Polo field in an event organized by M I Abaga and Ice Prince, both musicians of Plateau origin. The event which was sponsored by Governor Lalong, saw people being asked to submit their INEC PVC cards before gaining access to the venue.
“We are reliably informed (with abundant evidence in our possession) that the organizers used an iPad tablet to transmit PVC’s VIN number to an internet platform after filling their victim’s name, phone number, VIN number and email address in a form provided for that purpose.
“We equally understand that the organizers were working on the instruction given by Governor Lalong, in collaboration with APC to fraudulently divert the will of the people of Plateau State in the forthcoming coming general elections.
“We are also aware that these same organizers (M I and Ice Prince) are going around the State along with APC campaign train with the same scam. It is no longer news that Ice Prince performed at the APC rally at the Nefur Arena, Pankshin on Friday, February 2, 2019, which confirmed that the duo of Ice Prince and MI are only working for the APC.
“We, therefore, call on the security agencies to put to halt this deliberately fraudulent act by APC, which reflects their growing desperation, the reality of their impending loss at the coming general elections in the State, in particular, and the country, in general, staring them in the face. They are embarking on this desperate project, knowing they have been rejected by the electorate as a result of their incompetence, poor performance, and self-centered leadership.
“We note that the belligerent, fraudulent and fallacious act of the APC, marked by their desperate moves must be put on the check.
“As a responsible political party, we cannot afford to allow to remain silent in the face of desperate moves to subvert the people’s will.
“We condemn in the strongest terms this fraudulent and ambidextrous act by agents of the APC, disguising as musicians to entertain people.
“We call on security agencies to as a matter of urgency arrest and prosecute M I Abaga and Ice Prince, and the sponsors of this fraudulent act so that we don’t take Plateau to the dark age of total crisis once again.
“We call on them to take proactive steps to avert any further occurrence of such events in any other part of the State.
“Equally, we call on the good people of Plateau State to be vigilant and be ready to resist any attempt of intimidating before, during and after the forthcoming elections and never to allow themselves to fall into the hands of the APC which itself knows that it has already thrown away.
“We call on them to resist their antics which are targeted at subverting our rights to freedom as a people.”
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