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Ahead 2019 Polls: Atiku, Saraki Seek Solace Abroad

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Nigeria News takes a look at the whereabouts of the lead men in PDP as campaigns gather momentum in Nigeria.

Currently, The Director of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization, Senate President Bukola Saraki is in Saudi Arabia. The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate himself, Atiku is in Dubai.

Back in Nigeria here, the noise on how the All progressives Congress (APC) is planning to rig the 2019 presidential elections is becoming louder.

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye is facing the consequence of his misbehaviour at the police cell. Melaye is being punished for leading a gang of lawmakers to boo President Muhammadu Buhari during the presentation of the 2019 appropriation bill a few weeks ago.

Barely two weeks after the disgraceful act, heavily armed policemen besieged Melaye’s Abuja residence for days until the senator finally presented himself to the law enforcement agent. He may remain in the custody until after the February election.

No doubt, this APC-led government will be pleased that the police is keeping Melaye away from the intensity of campaigns.

The party is always ready to tame any member of the opposition that would like to prove stubborn ahead of the general elections.

This may as well turn out as blessing in disguise for the PDP and its candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Atiku is not in the country at present but his voice has been loud against the vindictiveness of the ruling party.

Besides the rallies in some parts of the country, PDP has not been silent on the APC’s plan to rig the election. This of course, will make the world to show more interest in the poll but the alarm may not stop the ruling party from perpetrating the electoral fraud.

Plans by the ruling party to rig the election has been an age-long strategy of successive governments in Nigeria.

It happened in the first republic of the late President Shehu Shagari, which resulted in a two-third disagreement between the Unity Party of Nigeria and the ruling National Party of Nigeria.

Shagari’s NPN was eventually declared a winner but the government was overthrown by the military junta led by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari three months after.

There have been the series of electoral frauds since the country returned to democracy in 1999.

As a matter of fact, the PDP that rules for 16 years had the intention of dominating the country for 60 years, using every antic to do so.

But thanks to the former President Goodluck Jonathan whom despite having the opportunity to rig 2015, bowed out to save Nigeria from global embarrassment and another civil war.

He conceded defeat to Buhari.  However, with the way things are going, nobody including the Federal Government can predict succinctly what will happen to Nigeria in the next few months. And if the repeat of 2015 happens in 2019 in which Buhari would have to concede to Atiku, there may be a problem.

I will like to see a Buhari that will act like Jonathan if he loses. And if Buhari wins in a free and fair election, the world will congratulate him. But for a safe country, if APC rigs the poll, PDP and Atiku should contest the mandate in court but not at the battlefield.

Perhaps, Atiku could be the first presidential candidate that would win his mandate through litigation.

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