- Festus Keyamo has defended President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on ballot box snatchers, while Senator Dino Melaye condemned it
- Keyamo is the spokesperson for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, while Melaye is the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district
- Keyamo says Buhari's directive is a correct statement of the law, adding that it is defensible
A heated argument has ensued between the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, and the spokesperson for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), over President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on ballot box snatchers.
According to Keyamo, President Buhari's directive is aimed at addressing electoral fraud. He said the the statement is defensible, adding that he would urge the president to repeat it over and over again, Channels reports.
Legit.ng notes that Keyamo said: “I think I have listened to so many uninformed comments. What the president said is 100% correct, defensible and I will urge him to repeat it over and over again.
“The President said that whoever leads a band of thugs to go and snatch ballot boxes will pay dearly for it with his life. That is a correct statement of the law."
Melaye on its own part said he was disappointed in Buhari, who he said had failed to speak with utmost decorum and respect to the rule of law.
He said: “I am utterly disappointed in my president. I am completely in shock that in a democratic setting, a president will speak with the anointing if Idi Amin of Uganda, the president will use the word “ruthless”, the president will order killings of Nigerians without going through Legal procedures. That is totally unacceptable.
“I expected that by now the President should have apologised to Nigerians and withdraw that statement but instead there has been a lot of efforts, boxing the wind by Chieftains of the APC, trying to defend what is not defendable."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning that those who try to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections would be doing so at their own risk.
Dogara, speaking at press conference on Monday, February 18, said Buhari’s statement was a violation of Nigerian laws which have provided sanctions for electoral offenders.
He stated that the president’s statement was dictatorial in nature, noting that it indicated that the military had been given a central role in the conduct of the election contrary to the Nigerian laws.
Dogara said: “The President’s statement as a call for extra-judicial killings considering the fact that there are adequate provisions in our laws to address electoral offenses."
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