The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 16 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday reiterated his warning that there will be no room for rigging in the coming poll.
He spoke in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, in response to the Federal Government’s warning to United States (U.S.), United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The former vice president warned that anyone planning to rig the election may as well be toying with the very foundation of the nation’s democracy.
The statement reads: “Buhari’s cabal is unhappy with the statements from the U.S., the British and the E.U. because they know that these world powers have agreed to re-route their latest and most technologically sophisticated spy satellite, including the NAOL-47 satellite, to provide comprehensive coverage over Nigeria on February 16. The photographs these satellites will deliver can not only show someone reading a newspaper but also which newspaper they are reading.”
Recall that the Federal Government, had in statement through Garba Shehu, stated: “The nation’s security forces will confront any attempt to interfere with the process by elements from outside the country”.
The PDP candidate expressed concerns over the desperation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the forthcoming elections. He advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the military and the police not to allow themselves to be used by those interested in turning Nigeria’s democracy on its head.
“The truth is that there is no country in the world where a president with this appalling record could ever be re-elected. Over 100 million Nigerians cannot afford even one decent meal a day, yet their president is seeking re-election.
“The world powers as well as Nigerians also have intelligence that Buhari will decisively lose the elections since the people are angry because they are hungry and have no jobs.
“There is no level of rigging that this vile government could ever do to overturn the millions of Nigerians who will turn up at the polls to vote him out. We ask our dearest young population who got a job under Buhari in the last four years to vote for Buhari.
“But all those who lost their jobs and whose relations lost their jobs and businesses to his maladministration to please come out in large numbers to elect Atiku Abubabar who is a harbinger of job creation!”