- Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the Sokoto state accuses the present administration of scheming to hold on to power
- Tambuwal faults President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged refusal to sign the electoral amendment bill into law
- The governor claims that Buhari’s refusal to sign the electoral amendment bill into law is an indication that the president is not interested in a free and fair election
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the Sokoto state has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is looking for a shortcut to get back to Aso Rock.
Tambuwal made the allegation when faulting President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged refusal to sign the electoral amendment bill into law, The New Telegraph reports.
Tambuwal claimed that Buhari’s refusal to sign the electoral amendment bill into law was an indication that the president is not interested in a free and fair election. He said the president had no reason not to sign the electoral amendment bill into law.
“Amendments were done while I was Speaker and not only once. President Muhammadu Buhari of today is not interested in free and fair election. APC is looking for a shortcut to get back to Aso Rock, and they are doing everything humanly possible to take us back from the gains of 2015 in improving our electoral system, and they are desperate,” the governor said.
“We are responding by going to the people; we have been campaigning. We will insist that votes must count, it is not negotiable. The fact that they are interested in rigging which is obvious, does not mean that there should not be a free and fair election.”
“We are insisting on free and fair election, and we are reminding Prof. Mahmood Yakubu that there will be a day that he will cease to be INEC chairman and he has a family, he has a history, he has a future.”
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said those planning to buy votes would be shocked on election day as it has put in place measures to check the act.
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, speaking on Sunday night, February 3, during an interactive session with the media, noted that commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it has adopted for the coming general elections.
The official disclosed that the commission would not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically, saying such measure does not have a place in the nation’s electoral law.
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