The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of rigging the February 23 presidential election elections.
The party, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that Buhari’s vow to be neutral in the scheduled March 23 supplementary elections showed that the president exercised his power of incumbency in rigging the February 23 presidential election.
The party added that “The Presidency’s confession that the All Progressives Congress, APC, members are mounting pressure on President Buhari to help them rig the Supplementary elections further confirms the Nigerian Presidency 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 statement claimed that even though Buhari promised to ensure free and fair elections, Presidency and the APC engaged in manipulations at the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and also deployed military and thugs to intimidate and suppress voters, as well as manipulating results delivered from the polling units.
It also accused the president of inflicting harm on the PDP by deploying soldiers in the 2019 general elections, as nobody deploys the military except the President and Commander-in-Chief.
The statement further urged the president to assure Nigerians that any soldier seen involving in the supplementary election is fake and should be treated as such, while also admonishing INEC to be fair in the conduct of the elections.