UPAN Calls on Opposition Leaders to Refrain from Inciting Youths into Insurgency Against INEC

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The United Patriots Assembly of Nigeria (UPAN) has condemned the recent descent into ethnic profiling and potential anarchy in the country, which it attributes to the presidential and gubernatorial elections in Lagos State.

The statement was dated 28th March 2023, made available to The Standard Gazette and signed by its national facilitator, Amb Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo fcdm.

In particular, the organization has expressed concern over what it perceives as pro-violent demonstration rhetoric from the runners-up in the elections.

According to UPAN, the leaders of the main opposition have been “prompting our youths into insurgency against Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), her personnels and all known INEC facilities nationwide.”

The organization has called on Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) to emulate the behaviour of Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso of the NNPP, who has “shown the altruistic characteristic of a statesman” by congratulating the winner of the presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and moving on to consolidate the grassroots tentacles of his party.

UPAN has stated that those inciting youths to replicate the #EndSARs protests across Nigeria, simply because they lost, are doing it for their own interests.

The organization further maintained that Nigeria should not be dragged in the mud. Rather, people should ensure things are done with the aid of the available institutions, such as the courts, to address their grievances.

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