- The director of operations of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has spoken of the party's readiness ahead of the polls
- Ribadu said that during the elections, no APC members will be involved in a form of violence or crime
- He expressed confidence and joy in the party's level of preparedness and hard work to ensure victory in the coming elections
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s head of field operations of Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), has said that supporters of the ruling party will maintain utmost civility during the Saturday, February 23, elections.
In reaction to criticisms over President Muhammadu Buhari's shoot at sight order on ballot box snatchers, Ribadu said that although the APC is ready for the elections, it believes that the nation is more important than whoever emerges victorious eventually.
He said: “We would say we are very much prepared and we have worked hard. Twenty-four hours day and night we have been on this to prepare our supporters, particularly our volunteers and canvassers. We have over 300,000 of such people across the Country who have formally declared they are working for us.
“We have given them all the necessary information they need to know that will help to sell our candidate very well and we have told them to do it peacefully in a way that we would have free and fair elections. They are ready and are all out there.
"We have sent a message across that we must conduct ourselves with all decorum, dignity with the APC/ PMB volunteers. We have received very strong message from PMB and from everybody that no misbehavior will be tolerated.
"Our people will behave very well, our people will not be involved in any criminal activities, our people are going to conduct themselves according to the law and we believe that victory will be ours because we have prepared and worked hard. I am very happy and excited with our level of preparedness towards the forthcoming exercise on Saturday.
We only pray that we would be able to have it from all the players to adopt same attitude of free and fair election and let the winner emerge through a peaceful process.”
Ribadu refuted the claim that the APC is distributing money to its and in reply to the question about much was given to his office, he said: “Nothing at all.
"This is the side we are so excited about from the very beginning we asked for volunteers on the basis of their preparedness to give their own time, energy and resources because their believe in this candidate and they want to participate and make their own contributions.
“Some of the little things we had to do to support the work are little transportations, very inconsequential, very insignificant support to those who desperately need it but the good part of it is that it looks like these people are not demanding and no one is insisting that I need to be paid for me to do this work.
We have accepted and agreed with what PMB is trying to establish in Nigeria – politics without money – which is based on support from people not the other way round and that is what the future is, that is what politics should be.
“We hope that INEC is better prepared this time, we have witnessed what happened last weekend. We were all prepared and out then suddenly the got disappointed.
"We hope and pray that it is not going to happen again that they are fully prepared and everything is on ground for the elections in Saturday. Also, the other players, the opposition party and those who we are contesting with, they should please understand it is not a do or die affair. It is about Nigerians.
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"Let Nigerians be the winner, if Nigerians are winners then that is what politics is all about and that is what the future will look like. It is not about them or us, let Nigerians be the winners and the only way Nigerians can be the winner is if they play it fairly, honestly, justly, that is what is needed/required.
“My concern is that I hope they are also going to do exactly how we are doing, very well prepared, go to the field, convince the voters and let the vote count. Let Nigerians be winners in this matter.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the PCC of the APC had said that only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could say whether the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly election would go ahead as scheduled.
The director of contact and mobilisation of the party's presidential campaign council, Hadiza Bala Usman, who spoke after inspecting the election situation room of a civil society group, Yiaga in Abuja, sought collaboration between political parties and civil society group to monitor the workings of INEC and ensuring that electoral materials get to their destination on schedule.
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