- 30 presidential candidates under PPF has replied Obasanjo over his attack on INEC
- Obasanjo had on Sunday, January 20, accused INEC of plot to rig the forthcoming elections in favour of APC
- The chairman of PPF, Onwubuya John Breakforth, said he and other presidential candidates believe in the sincerity, credibility of INEC to conduct all elections
Thirty presidential candidates under the Patriotic Presidential Forum (PPF), in the forthcoming general election, has expressed disaffection with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, for attacking the integrity of INEC to conduct credible elections in 2019.
The PPF chairman and presidential candidate of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Onwubuya John Breakforth, spoke on behalf of the forum on Monday, January 21, in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that he said that as presidential candidates, they believe in the sincerity, credibility and capacity of INEC to conduct all elections including the presidential polls of February 16.
He urged all Nigerians, other presidential candidates, political party leaders, political elites and all the candidates and voters to have faith in INEC’s integrity to conduct all the elections.
Breakforth wondered why leaders, who supposed to be bridge builders, have chosen to overheat the polity.
He added that they should remember that if the election turns violence, they will be the first to run out of the country and leave the masses to suffer.
“We appeal to the former president and other opposition parties to count INEC out of any alleged APC rigging machinery.
“They should note that every political party contesting must have their legitimate plans to win. If APC is planning to rig, we believe INEC is not aware.
“INEC should put her machinery in motion to check out all this allegations. Our believe in INEC as a commission is not negotiable; the chairman of INEC is a Professor of repute and all the commissioners are Nigerians of proven integrity, we can trust them wholeheartedly.
“Therefore they will carry out their duties with competence and unbending neutrality. We are aware that INEC has perfected all her plans to deploy workable Card Readers and adequate distribution of all sensitive materials to the respectively states, LGA’s, wards and polling units on time and uncompromised”, Breakforth said.
He insisted that the PPF is not speaking for INEC but that as a major stakeholder in the process, they are concerned about having uninterrupted electoral process.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, January 21, reacted to some allegations by a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, that the electoral body is under any pressure to rig the 2019 elections.
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