The Peoples Democratic Party,PDP have reacted to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari that he will not assist anyone to influence the upcoming supplementary governorship elections.
The opposition in a statement on Monday evening said this position by the president, is proof that he used his might to rig the February 23rd, presidential election.
The PDP further alleged that the statement is also a tactical way of deflecting attention from the APC ‘s “rigging plots” ahead of the supplementary elections, scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in states declared inconclusive.
Read full statement below
President Buhari’s posturing that he will not manipulate the March 23 Governorship supplementary elections is not only a direct confession that the Presidency used its overbearing influence to rig the February 23 Presidential election, but also a fresh subterfuge to divert public attention from APC’s rigging plots ahead of the Supplementary elections.
The Presidency’s confession that APC members are mounting pressure on President Buhari to help them to rig the Supplementary elections further confirms the Buhari Presidency’s manipulative and rigging capacity, including militarization of the electoral process, istigating of violence and alteration of results, as were freely used by the APC in the Presidential election.
The PDP alerts Nigerians, especially those in states where the supplementary elections have been scheduled to hold, to be wary of the antics of the Buhari Presidency, as it has never been committed to free, fair and credible election.
Nigerians can recall that ahead of the Presidential and National assembly elections, President Buhari had promised to allow for a free, fair, transparent and credible process, only for his Presidency and party, the APC, to engage in downright manipulations at INEC deployment of military and thugs to intimidate and suppress voters, as well as outright alteration of results delivered from the polling units.
President Buhari cannot exonerate himself of the harm inflicted on our polity by the deployment of soldiers in the 2019 general elections, as nobody deploys the military except the President and Commander-in-Chief.
Now that Buhari, in his official capacity, has come out to state that he will not intervene in the March 23 Supplementary election; we ask, is Mr. President assuring Nigerians that any ‘soldier’ seen directly involving in the election is fake & should be treated as such?