APC accuses PDP of being behind Nasarawa crises

tanko Al-Makura
Governor Tanko Umaru Al-Makura

The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of being behind the crisis in the state.

The state secretary of the APC, Aliyu Bello, said the federal government had refused to prosecute those indicted by the commission of inquiry into the Alakyo killings.

Mr. Bello was responding to the state chairman of the PDP, Yunana Iliya, who accused the state government of taking advantage of the crisis in the state to enrich APC party members.

Mr. Iliya, on Thursday, challenged the state government to make public the beneficiaries of the N10 million United Bank for Africa, UBA, donation to victims of the 2012 Assakio crisis.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s state secretariat along Jos Road, Lafia, Mr. Iliya said government had not done anything for the over 120,000 people displaced by various communal crises in the state.

He said the state government was not sincere with the security situation in the state but used the crisis to its advantage; to siphon resources and de-enfranchise the electorate in the state.

He accused the Tanko Almakura-led administration of spending tax-payers money in the name of addressing insecurity while failing to achieve anything in that direction.

“It is also clear that the kind of money being spent in the name of security has led to a fraudulent practice where the state governor in broad daylight without remorse chooses to distribute relief materials to selected APC members in the name of displaced persons at the City Hall, Lafia instead of visiting the refugee camps to perform such functions,” Mr. Iliya said.

“The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has watched with keen interest the recent happening across the state in the last few weeks, especially the southern part of the state where communal crises have ravaged over 42 communities and some parts Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area.

“Most of the residents have deserted these communities with only a handful in some of the affected areas. Communities from Adogi in Lafia down to the border with Plateau State have become ghost towns with close to over 120,000 people displaced and either taking refuge in Lafia and other major towns or in isolated areas for fear of the unknown.”

He alleged that the governor had ignored the plight of the displaced persons and continued to claim to know those behind the crises while failing to prevent the carnage as the crises continued unabated.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner of Information, Hamza Elayo, to react to Mr. Iliya’s claim were unsuccessful. He did not answer or return calls seeking comment.


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