A Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of instigating religious crisis in Taraba state.
In a statement on Thursday, the CUPP spokesman and National Chairman of the Action People’s Party (APP), Chief Ikenga Ugochinyere, said that the essence of instigating crisis in the state was to pave way for a state of emergency to be declared in the state.
Ugochinyere said the APC was angry over its inability to clinch the governorship seat which was won again by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Darius Ishaku, last Saturday.
“Let President Muhammadu Buhari halt the carnage in Taraba state for the good of all and avoid acts which will lead to abrupt end of this republic.
“We have also discovered that the nation’s security forces are giving those behind the sponsored killings tactic support with their silence, hence their failure to quell the uprising.
“The security agencies are not doing much; rather they are trying to undermine the governor. Insiders have also informed us that the acting Inspector-General of Police is planning to arrest the Aide-De-Camp to the governor, hence his invitation to the police headquarters, Abuja.
“The strategy is to accuse him of arming and working with some militia in a bid to get at the governor. APC leaders are clearly not happy that they lost the election and they are stocking the killings and crisis to cause reprisal attacks from other religious groups which will lead to the declaration of state of emergency.
“We therefore call on the APC to accept defeat and call off their members from ongoing instigation of religious violence in Taraba state,” the CUPP said.