2015: CLEEN Foundation Identifies 12 States As Volatile

2015: CLEEN Foundation Identifies 12 States As Volatile

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on December 12, 2013

A Non-Governmental Organisation, CLEEN Foundation, has identified 12 states that could be placed under close security watch for possible outbreak of violence before, during and after the 2015 general election.

According to ThisDay reports:

The states are Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba. Others are Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Rivers and Delta.

The foundation said it used various parametres to designate the states as violence-prone, including history of violence, communal or religious conflict, terrorism or militancy, state of emergency, bid for second term by the governors and zoning arrangement by political parties.

The Programme Officer of the foundation, Chinedu Nwagwu, who addressed a press conference in Abuja yesterday, explained that the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the recent defection of five governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC) might escalate into violent political conflagration in 2015 if not properly managed.

According to him, the defection by the governors could pose a major security concern because the APC may not be elastic enough to accommodate the mutual distrust, political contentions and the posturing of the contending forces and other varied groups and interests now in the party.

“With this new development in APC, there is definitely going to be a huge contention over control of the party, leadership and candidates, some of the contentions could spiral into violence,” Nwagwu said.



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