- President Buhari and the APC have been warned against intimidating electorate during the forthcoming elections by the ADC
- The NWC of the party said the government must adhere to its basic responsibility to protect lives during the polls
- Chief Ralph Nwosu urged members of the party to vote for PDP's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 23
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against intimidating opposition parties and Nigerians with death threats, saying the government must adhere to its basic responsibility to protect lives during the polls, instead of death threat.
The Guardian reports that the party made the warning on Tuesday, February 19, after its emergency meeting in Awka, Anambra state.
Legit.ng gathered that the party in a communiqué issued after the meeting said its National Working Committee (NWC) while reviewing the events that led to the botched presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 16, said other parties disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari over the directives to security agencies to be ruthless to anyone who tries to snatch ballot boxes in the forthcoming elections.
The communiqué, which was signed by the national chairman and secretary of the party, Chief Ralph Nwosu and Said Abdullahi respectively, read in part: “The meeting reviewed the earlier positions taken in our press release, which demanded that President Buhari and the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, should resign.
"After reviewing the explanations given by the commission for the postponement, and in view of results of independent investigations on what went on behind the scenes, ADC has come to the conclusion that agents of the government or fifth columnists within the APC administration were responsible for the logistics failure.
“As a result, we have shifted our initial stand on the INEC chairman and have resolved that he should be allowed to conclude his tenure. We, therefore, call on President Buhari to call relevant officials in his administration to order and allow INEC carry out its job without further interference."
The party also wants the fate of President Buhari to be determined by the people through the ballot box, saying this would leverage Nigeria’s democracy.
The leaders of the party said they resolved to shift their insistence on INEC holding the governorship and state assembly polls on March 2 in the original timetable, and to align with the position of international observer teams that the elections should hold on February 23 and March 9.
The ADC NWC said: “We note the shenanigans, undemocratic, deliberate threats and death scare by APC leaders, particularly President Buhari, reference to Nigerians ‘paying with their lives’ in matters which have clear penalties, according to the country’s electoral laws.
"We also note El-Rufai’s instigation of ethnic bloodshed, with his callous “returning home in body bags” warning to international observers, as well as the party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole’s melancholy and clear stance against free and fair elections. These must not be taken for granted as we prepare for the rescheduled polls."
The party called on the president and all political leaders to show good conduct, especially where it concerns elections and be in sync with the Jonathan legacy. It also urged APC leaders to work to protect all lives and not take lives, saying they will face the International Criminal Court at the Hague if they fail to do so.
The party reiterated its unflinching support for the joint presidential candidate of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Lauretta Onochie, a social media aide to Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, February 19, declared that the alleged controversial warning from the president to would-be ballot snatchers during the elections is backed by the laws of the country.
She cited sections of the electoral law to back her claim.
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