The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has asked the police to prosecute suspects arrested in different parts of Enugu State ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
CUPP’s call followed the revelation by the Labour Party guber candidate, Chijioke Edeoga that some armed thugs brought in to disrupt the polls were nabbed by a combined team of security operatives.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Chairman of the CUPP in Enugu State, Mr. Festus Okafor said the matter must not be swept under the carpet.
Okafor, who commended the security agencies for bursting the ring, said more still needed to be done.
“May we commend the security agencies for the recent arrest of some of these thugs in different locations across the State.
“This goes far to vindicate our outcry for the past two weeks that the PDP was importing terror into the State. Our appeal to the security agencies is that it should not bow down to pressure.
“These political hoodlums must be prosecuted. Nobody, no matter how highly placed, should influence the law enforcement agencies into releasing these suspects back to the streets ahead of the elections.
“We are also aware that many of them are yet to be arrested. They are still hibernating in some locations provided for them by desperate politicians. Efforts must be made to secure the voting process in Enugu State,” CUPP demanded.
The group urged the good people of Enugu State “not to yield to terror but to come out en-masse on Saturday and vote for candidates of their choice.
“It takes men of courage to dethrone impunity. Enugu people must rise up and take their destiny in their hands; this is not time for any assumed god-father to decide the fate of millions of the good people of Enugu State. Rise up and be counted- that is our message to the people.
“We have assurances from the security agencies that they would secure the ballot. We urge them to live up to that promise.”
The CUPP equally told the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that there would be no excuse over any failure to transmit polling unit results realtime.
“It must be done before the polling agents leave from their various locations.
“Once more, we commend Enugu residents for their commitment during the Feb. 25 election and urge them to keep hope alive,” he added.