The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday urged security agents to avoid interfering in the political process of the country.
He stated that security agencies were constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of ensuring security of lives and property in the country.
Speaking during a PDP presidential rally at Jalingo in Taraba State, he also promised that if he won the February 16 presidential election, he would complete the Mambilla hydro electric power, build federal roads, exploit and harness abundant natural resources in Taraba State.
Atiku said, “Our security services have no business to interfere with our political process; that is not your work. Your work is to make sure that there is peace, law and order. It is not your business to interfere in our political process. This is not your constitutional responsibility at all. Your constitutional responsibility is to make sure that we are all safe.
“Any government that draws the security agencies, the police, the army, the civil defence, that government is doing more harm to your career, it is doing more harm to your patriotism and more harm to yourself. Don’t accept that, don’t get involved, allow us to choose the leaders we want to choose and to elect the people we want to elect. It is not your business whom we elect at all.
“So I want to caution the security services not to get involved because there are many of us who are also security officers, so don’t come and tell us bullshit.”
The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, also cautioned security agencies against allowing themselves to be used to compromise the electoral process.