Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has constituted an anti-rigging committee to counter alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to suppress votes in his stronghold throughout the February 16, 2019 election.
A provide close to the earlier vice chairman knowledgeable New Telegraph that Atiku’s most important points regarding the 2019 presidential election are the protection firms and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“In a free and truthful election, Atiku is assured of defeating President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, given the intelligence experiences at his disposal, INEC and security firms are the precept obstacle to his profitable the 2019 election. This educated the establishing of the anti-rigging committee,” the provision talked about.
The identities of the anti-rigging committee are nonetheless being guarded.
Atiku is hoping to make an infinite haul of votes from South-South, South-East and North-Central geo-political zones throughout the presidential election.
But there are fears that APC may militarise the zones to whittle down the possibilities of the social gathering in these areas to favour President Buhari.
The anti-rigging committee is to work immediately with the presidential candidate, the PDP Presidential Campaign Council and the organs of the social gathering.
Its duty is to, amongst completely different points, pre-empt any rigging strategy of APC, elevate early rigging alert, confirm plot by the ruling social gathering to rig the election, along with mobilise native and worldwide groups in opposition to electoral malpractice.
According to the provision, PDP’s fears that the election will not be free and truthful have been heightened by President Buhari’s refusal to assent to the 2010 Electoral Amendment Bill handed by the National Assembly.
He extra disclosed that the social gathering would not imagine that the electoral umpire will conduct free and truthful elections.
“What happened in Ekiti and Osun states is clear to everybody. Buhari is not ready for free and fair election. That is why we are taking pre-emptive measure,” he stated.
Another provide stated that PDP has uncovered plot by the ruling social gathering to suppress the help base of its presidential candidate.
“We know that the Operation Python Dance advertising and marketing marketing campaign by the navy is to help APC rig the presidential election.
“There could be heavy navy presence largely throughout the South-South, South-East after which, North-Central. These are PDP areas.
“That is why our social gathering is rejecting it. We aren’t in a battle situation. The navy must go to North-East and Zamfara State the place there are insurgents and cattle rustlers.
“There is no threat to peace in the South and North Central zones,” the provision who requested to not be named, talked about.
Kola Ologbondiyan, Director, Media and Publicity of PDP, nonetheless, talked about he was not aware of any plan by the social gathering to create anti-rigging committee.
He disclosed that what the social gathering is demanding from INEC is transparency throughout the conduct of the election.
“We are demanding that worldwide and native observers must be allowed into INEC’s situation room the place the transmission of votes will occur.
“You recall in 1993, it was clear that Abiola was profitable on account of transparency.
“So, instead of INEC locking themselves in one situation room and manipulate the election, they should allow the European Union (EU) and United States (U.S.) observers to participate in the collation of results. That is how we can guarantee transparency,” Ologbondiyan stated,
Spokesperson of APC presidential advertising and marketing marketing campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN), talked about PDP is affected by despair.
“They have ran out of ideas, ran out of what to say. They are now talking like demented fellows. They have said this million times without proof. That is sign of depression,” Keyamo talked about.
INEC talked about the place of PDP did not characterize the general opinion of Nigerians.
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, talked about the allegation has develop into the acquainted music by the social gathering, which Nigerians have been bored with listening to.
Oyekanmi recommended PDP that it isn’t compulsory for any political social gathering to topic candidates throughout the 2019 primary elections, significantly if that political social gathering would not imagine throughout the electoral physique organizing it.
“If you are a pupil who wishes to sit down for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and in addition you don’t imagine throughout the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), you then undoubtedly don’t have any enterprise sitting for the examination. You can go to Ghana, Sierra Leone or the Sudan to sit down for an equal examination.
“There are 74 political occasions collaborating throughout the presidential election. Let people who imagine in INEC participate and we is just not going to disappoint them.
“Nigerians have confidence in the Commission and we are happy about the feedback we are getting,” he added.
Also, INEC talked about it isn’t considering the social gathering’s demand in the interim.
INEC’s Director, Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, talked about that there’s no nation that allows worldwide observers in its situation room.
Meanwhile, New Telegraph has learnt that disbursement of PDP’s advertising and marketing marketing campaign funds might be achieved at ward degree and “not to an individual.”
“Other members of the ward have to be present and the money have to be accounted for.
“We discovered that in 2015, many people collected advertising and marketing marketing campaign money and disappeared. We don’t want it to happen this time spherical.
“The national chairman has given orders that every party member must deliver his or her ward. If you are strong go to your ward and work. We don’t want Abuja politicians. Many of these people hanging around Wadata Plaza (PDP National Secretariat) are not known in their wards,” the provision talked about.
Before now, PDP had declared “operation deliver your ward” to its members as basis for political reward.
Atiku, at a gathering with members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) immediately after securing the social gathering’s ticket, insisted that reward system might be primarily based totally on electoral effectivity of members.
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