March 18, 2019

Press Statement

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…Cautions Soldiers to Steer Clear of Reruns

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s
posturing that he will not manipulate the March 23 Governorship
supplementary elections is not only a direct confession that the
Presidency used its overbearing influence to rig the February 23
Presidential election, but also a fresh subterfuge to divert public
attention from APC’s rigging plots ahead of the Supplementary elections.

The Presidency’s confession that APC members are mounting pressure on
President Buhari to help them to rig the Supplementary elections further
confirms the Buhari Presidency’s manipulative and rigging capacity,
including militarization of the electoral process, instigating of
violence and alteration of results, as were freely used  by the APC in
the Presidential election.

The PDP alerts Nigerians, especially those in states where the
supplementary elections have been scheduled to hold, to be wary of the
antics of the Buhari Presidency, as it has never been committed to free,
fair and credible election.

Nigerians can recall that ahead of the Presidential and National
Assembly elections, President Buhari had promised to allow for a free,
fair, transparent and credible process, only for his Presidency and
party, the APC, to engage in downright manipulations at INEC, deployment
of military and thugs to intimidate and suppress voters, as well as
outright alteration of results delivered from the polling units.

President Buhari cannot exonerate himself of the harm inflicted on our
polity by the deployment of soldiers in the 2019 general elections, as
nobody deploys the military except the President and Commander-in-Chief.

Now that President Buhari, in his official capacity, has come out to
state that he will not intervene in the March 23 Supplementary election;
we ask, is Mr. President assuring Nigerians that any ‘soldier’ seen
directly involving in the rerun election is fake and should be treated
as such?

The PDP charges the military to note the import of the statement by the
Presidency and steer clear of the supplementary elections.

The PDP also cautions INEC officials to note that Nigerians are very
eager about the outcome of the governorship supplementary elections,
given that the PDP is already leading in these states. Nigerians are not
ready to accept any results that do not reflect the reality of our
victory, which is already known to all.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization