One of the spokespersons of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Council, Kola Olagbondiyan, has called on security agencies to ensure the “Jagaban Army” is publicly disbanded.
Olagbondiyan, a former national secretary of the PDP, said that the security agencies must protect those who have come to vote and their votes.
He made the call on Wednesday while fielding questions on Arise Television’s Morning Show programme.
Recall that the National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dayo Israel, had unveiled the Jagaban Army, a sub-directorate of the party’s youth wing tasked with grassroots mobilization for its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and all other candidates across the country.
However, the PDP spokesperson has said it is a conduit to bring together thugs and arsonists that will cause havoc during the elections.
He said, “In the beginning, our party (PDP) came out to raise the flag that the Jagaban Army is a conduit to bring together thugs and arsonists that will ensure that they cause havoc during the elections. And we have even said that President Muhammadu Buhari should call a meeting of the National Security Council to address the issue of this rogue army. And they can not provide any defence; they won’t be able to defend it. Part of it is what we see happening in Surulere and other places.
“Don’t forget that in 2019, apart from the threat of throwing people to the ocean, in areas that are dominated by those who they believe will not vote for their candidate, they almost did not allow them to vote. These are facts. And now the leader of the Party, Bola Tinubu, is even contesting; one can imagine what will happen.
“So I believe that the INEC and our security agencies have a role to play if indeed, we want to have a free, fair and credible election. They must ensure that the Jagaban army is publicly disbanded. We must ensure that the security agencies protect those who have come to vote and allow their votes to be protected. This is very important.”