- APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has reacted to comment made by Atiku Abubakar, over Buhari's order on ballot snatching
- Oshiomhole said the PDP presidential candidate's statement has confirmed that the party is working with INEC
- The former Edo state governor said only those who want to deploy thugs to undermine the elections would oppose and find fault with the president's statement
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has vindicated the ruling party’s claim that the opposition was working with some officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to compromise the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Nation reports that Oshiomhole, who addressed reporters on the night of Tuesday, February 19, said it had become clearer that the only mission of the PDP's candidate "is to cause confusion in the electoral system so that he would become president even it means presiding over graves."
Legit.ng gathered that Oshiomhole said only those who want to deploy thugs to undermine the elections would oppose and find fault with the statement of the president aimed at discouraging thuggery during the election.
Oshiomhole said the attention of the international community at the moment is that elections across the world should be violent-free and assured that the forthcoming elections would be conducted in a free and fair atmosphere.
He said: "It is only those who believe in thuggery that will find fault with the president’s directive. Is there anyone that would want to vote for thuggery?
"Is there any thug that is not armed? You cannot s.natch ballot box without the aid of firearms. So, when the international community is talking about violence-free election, they are saying the election should be free of thuggery.
“You can see that the PDP is not at home with that because they imported thuggery, institutionalised it and have always fallen back on it as instrument of rigging and to dominate the electorates. So, we debunk any attempt by Atiku to change the essence of the President’s statement.
“I believe the president spoke the kind of the average Nigerian who wants to go and vote and come home in peace without fear of being attacked. You know that thuggery is synonymous with violence and the world is unanimous that violence should be removed from election."
He added that Atiku’s rejection exposes PDP for what they are, saying their plan is to deploy thugs so that the election would be impossible or reduce voter turnout.
“To say that the APC imported card reader is laughable and that the card readers have been deployed to the south-south and southeast. The implication of this is, assuming it is true without conceding, it means that Atiku is working hand in hand with the ICT unit in INEC to know the kind of machines that are deployed to where.
“Recognising that INEC is independent, we are not able to know the kind of card readers INEC is deploying or where they were imported from. But if Atiku has all of these details, it can only mean that he is working hand in hand with people within INEC to know where machines are imported from and the fact that card readers can be programmed otherwise," he stated.
Oshiomhole said the people are ready to vote for the APC, adding that its candidate is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the live of the Nigerian electorate is protected as well as those of the observers.
“So, if Atiku finds fault in this, if anybody is pro thuggery, we are against thuggery and we are against violence.
"The International community should properly decode Atiku’s statement sling the president to withdraw his threat not against the electorate, but against would be thugs or merchants of violence.
“As far as I am concerned, Atiku knows that he can’t win. In 2003 elections, he lost his base in Adamawa. He is on record to have procured a senatorial seat for Prof. Jibrin Aminu. If he wants to go to court, I will meet him there and I will produce the first INEC documented report that announced the winners of those senatorial seats," he said.
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The APC chair predicted that the PDP candidate would lose in his Adamawa home state.
“We are ready for the elections and by the grace of God, Nigerians will vote for us and Atiku will remain a permanent presidential candidate which Nigerians never had,” Oshiomhole said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the PDP presidential candidate accused the APC of planning to use the military to intimidate voters in order to pave the way for rigging during the general elections.
Atiku accused President Buhari of showing complete disregard to the laws of this country following the president’s statement that ballot box snatchers would be doing so at their own risk.
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