Following the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari through his Spokesman, Garba Shehu, yesterday that he would not influence the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to favour APC candidates in the forthcoming supplementary election, the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has asserted that Buhari rigged the Presidential poll.
This was made known by PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, who described Buhari’s comment as a “subterfuge to divert public attention from APC’s rigging plots” ahead of the rerun.
See his reasons:
“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, instigating of violence and alteration of results, as were freely used by the APC in the Presidential 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 election, as nobody deploys the military except the president and commander-in-chief.
“Now that President 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 involved in the rerun election is fake and should be treated as such?”