Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to Buhari on media and publicity, had on Sunday, March 17, said that the president would not intervene in the supplementary election – Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, however, said Buhari’s position was a direct confession that the presidency used its overbearing influence to rig the election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged President Muhammadu Buhari of rigging the Saturday, February 23, presidential election. Nigerian Tribune reports that the party said President Buhari’s statement that he would not intervene on behalf of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the supplementary election scheduled in states where the gubernatorial elections were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was an affirmation that he rigged the presidential election. Legit.ng gathered that the main opposition party said that President Buhari’s position was a direct confession that the presidency used its overbearing influence to rig the February 23 presidential election.
The party in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, March 18, by its national publicity secretary, and director, media and publicity presidential campaign organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s position was also a fresh subterfuge to divert public attention from APC’s rigging plots ahead of the supplementary elections.
It would be recalled that the presidency has rejected criticism from members of the ruling APC who frowned at his failure to intervene in favour of the party in states where gubernatorial elections were declared inconclusive.
It had noted in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, March 17, by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, that such party members expected the president to interfere because past presidents had done so in the past, vowing that President Buhari, having sworn to defend the constitution, would not go against it by such interference in the electoral process.
But according to the PDP, the presidency’s confession that APC members were mounting pressure on President Buhari to help them to rig the supplementary elections further confirms the Buhari presidency’s manipulative and rigging capacity, including militarisation of the electoral process, instigating of violence and alteration of results, as were freely used by the APC in the presidential election.
The PDP alerted 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 a free, fair and credible election.