Saturday’s elections: PDP exposes Buhari’s alleged directive to INEC, security agencies

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Kola Ologbondiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Wednesday, said it has uncovered an alleged directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue out results sheets to agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to falsify and declare results in favour of the ruling party.

The main opposition party also alleged that the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has succumbed to back-channel bullying by the Buhari presidency after being threatened with the ‘Onnoghen treatment’.

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the PDP legacy House in Abuja, claiming that the meeting where the directive was issued was in Buhari/APC situation room in the presidential Villa last night.

He said, “At the meeting, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustapha Boss, among others, were in attendance, Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) were directed to issue out result sheets to APC agents to falsify and declare results in favour of the APC.

“Intelligence at our disposal reveals that the INEC Chairman has succumbed to back channel bullying by the Buhari Presidency and APC to accede to their demand to replace Electoral Officers (EOs) in various critical states with APC agents who will vehemently execute President Buhari’s rigging plans in the February 23, Presidential election.

“Also our party has full details of how the Department of State Services (DSS) has been interfering with operations of critical departments of INEC, including the ICT department, to do APC bidding.

“The PDP also has details of the meeting last night by President Buhari, some APC northern governor and Service Chiefs last night, whereupon pressure was mounted on the Service Chiefs in connection with the APC rigging plans.

“We alert Nigerians that the INEC Chairman has been intimidated with threat of ‘Onnoghen’s treatment’ to accept a list of APC members and agents and post them to serve as EOs in various states including Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Bauchi, Akwa-Ibom, Zamfara, Benue, Sokoto, Lagos, Plateau, Taraba, Borno, Adamawa, Kogi, Delta, Ebonyi among others”.

The PDP spokesman revealed that electoral officers have been briefed to ensure the diversion of sensitive electoral materials from designated polling centers, delay the accreditation process, so as to frustrate voters’ enthusiasm.

Further, he said the electoral officers have also been directed to compromise the collation process, allocate and announce fictitious results for President Buhari and muddle up the process to pave way for result cancellation where it becomes impossible to rig for President Buhari.

He added, “The PDP stands with Nigerians in directly rejecting this latest arm-twisting of security agencies as well as the nefarious plots to use APC members as INEC Election Officers.

“It is now clearer that the election day killing order issued by President Buhari is designed to clamp-down and even kill patriotic Nigerians who will want to confront and stop the APC from executing their rigging plots on the day of election.

“However, the PDP, in clear terms, assures INEC, compromised security agents and President Buhari that their evil plans will definitely come to nought.

“Nigerians are now, more than ever before, determined in rallying with our party, to confront, resist and stop President Buhari and the APC on their trail to rig the February 23 election.

“Nigerians in their millions, across the 176,000 polling units and voting
points, have been placed on readiness for this election and nobody can rig them out.”

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