By Our Reporter
The Association of Cross River Online Journalists says it has discovered plans by some top politicians in the state to disrupt the February 26, bye election scheduled for Saturday February 26.
In a release, signed by Chairman of the Association, Edem Darlington and Secretary, Jeremiah Archibong, the group said, the politicians includes a former lawmaker at the upper legislative house of the National Assembly and other top politicians in the state.
“Information at our disposal has it that some politicians in the State have already recruited some ex-militant leaders and their boys to frustrate the electoral process and rig the election in favor of their political party. Prominent among them is a former lawmaker who served at the upper House of the National Assembly. This person is working closely with some politicians in the State whose identities are very much available to us” the statement read.
While commending the Independent National Electoral Commission for doing a good job so far, the group called on security agencies to collaborate with sister agencies to protect Cross Riverians as they go out to cast their votes on Saturday.
“We call on security agents to be on red alert and ensure that Cross Riverians go out on Saturday to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice without any form of intimidation”
The group assured that it will be despatching their crack investigative journalists across the areas where the elections will be holding to cover activities during and after the elections.
The bye election in Cross River State will be taking place in Ogoja/Yala federal constituency up north and Akpabuyo state constituency in southern part of the state.