2019 elections: Don't be intimidated by Buhari's order - PDP tell voters

2019 elections: Don't be intimidated by Buhari's order - PDP tell voters

- The Peoples Democratic Party says electorate should not be intimidate by President Muhammadu Buhari's directive to the military

- Recall that President Buhari ordered the military to be ruthless with ballot box snatchers during the 2019 general elections

- The opposition party expressed displeasure over the directive and asked Nigerians to remain focused as they cast their votes

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged electorate not to be scared by the directive given to the military on ballot box snatchers by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The national chairman of the opposition party, Prince Uche Secondus, called on Nigerians to be focused and refuse to be intimidated as they go to the polls on Saturday, February 23, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng notes that Secondus said: “When the President threatened the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the elections were rescheduled, the intention was to frighten and cow them into playing along with the All Progressives Congress (APC) agenda.

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“When they harass, arrest and block bank accounts of the opposition stakeholders, what they want is to win at all cost.

“When they drag military institutions into politics, the aim is obviously to destroy that institution the way they are doing to the legislature and the judiciary.

“But I urge you Nigerians to refuse to be intimidated or provoked but remain focused and fix your eyes on the ball, which is victory that is coming on Sunday.

“This election is about rescuing this country. It’s about sustaining our democracy.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautioned the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, to refrain himself from actions that would suggest the military is not apolitical ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The PDP was reacting to Buratai's instructions mandating Nigerian Army personnel to carry out President Muhammadu Buhari's order to shoot ballot box snatchers.

The party in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan on Wednesday, February 20, said President Buhari's order to the army to participate in the electoral process was an aberration of Nigerian laws and a recipe for crisis.

The PDP said its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, cannot be intimidated by anybody no matter how highly placed.

The party said: “Gen. Buratai is counseled to note that the loyalty of the military is to the state and that the President lacks the powers, under our laws, to deploy soldiers for the conduct of elections."

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