- A group named, Zikist-Buharist-Movement (ZBM) absolves President Muhammadu Buhari of blame regarding alleged irregularities in the 2019 general elections
- The pro-Buhari group notes that the said irregularities in the general election is not substantial enough to invalidate the whole process
- The ZBM group says the era when the PDP used to get millions of votes in Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu states is gone
A group known as the Zikist-Buharist-Movement (ZBM), southeast, has insisted that any lapses in the recently concluded general elections should be blamed on the card readers used in the polls and not on President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group faulted comments by the PDP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, that the 2019 general elections was tainted over alleged fraud which occurred during the exercise, The Sun reports.
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The secretary of the movement, Godwin Onwusi, on Monday, March 18, said the alleged irregularities in the election was not substantial enough to set aside the whole process.
The group also faulted Obi’s probe on how Buhari got more votes than Kano, Katsina and Bauchi states’ governors, noting that Buhari has a treasure vote-bank of 12 million voters, which since his first outing in 2003 presidential election had surfaced, and resurfaced in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
“It is possible Obi was one of those who thought Atiku would erode the Aminu Kano tradition in the North, which Buhari, not only inherited, but epitomized,” the group said.
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“It is a tradition of integrity quotient and prudence management of public finance.
“Atiku is deficit on this tradition and the votes reflected it.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asked the presidential election tribunal to declare him winner of the February 23 election.
Atiku made the request in a petition filed before the tribunal in Abuja on Monday, March 18, where he challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, The Cable reports.
The PDP national legal adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, told journalists that in addition to the request that Atiku be declared the winner of the election, the party is also seeking for the election to be aside over alleged widespread irregularities.
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