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Buhari’s Riot Act To Ballot Box Snatcher

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Nigeria News takes a look at the warning given by President Muhammadu Buhari over ballot snatching.

President Muhammadu Buhari spat venom at a meeting with the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Rig and pay with your life is the summary of the position of Buhari as the country goes to the poll on Saturday.

The president warned ballot box snatchers to stay away from the polling station or they may never do such again in their life.

Following the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections from February 16 to February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the major political parties have been accusing each other over alleged plan to rig the poll.

The Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakub has given various reasons for the postponement but facts have continued to emerge that perhaps the commission must have compromised somewhere.

It is on record that the INEC is responsible for the invitation of international election observers, some of whom had been linked with a former president.

Reports showed that a leader of the European Union election observer is a personal friend of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo who happens to be behind the opposition party.

Obasanjo has not pretended to be working for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and with his closeness with the foreign observers, the report on the coming election may be doctored to smear the image of the Buhari’s government.

Earlier, Buhari has expressed deep disappointment in INEC over the postponement but on Monday he spoke with anger that this government would not spare any person found perpetrating electoral fraud.

Nigeria is at a crossroad. At present, the INEC has banned all campaigns but political parties would not agree.

While answering questions at the post postponement News conference, Yakub said that the campaign had since ceased last week Thursday.

However, the Special Adviser to Buhari on political matters, Mr Babafemi Ojudu argued that the INEC Chairman will be contravening the electoral act and by extension the constitutional provisions that the campaign only stops 48 hours before election.

Ojudu posited that in a situation whereby the election is postponed then the campaign begins again.

On this premise, he said that the All Progressives Congress would return to the campaign field to keep its supporters closer until February 23.

The PDP also kicked, saying that it would do more of the campaign to rally its supporters. The political parties had spent a lot of money to mobilise their supporters and agents to the polling stations.

At the APC meeting on Monday, the party urged the INEC to be more transparent and ensure credible polls. The party is also ready to disburse more funds to do more campaigns towards the Saturday election.

However, INEC eventually made you U-turn late Monday, asking the political parties to continue with their campaign.

Reacting to Buhari’s outburst, Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani said that the president’s threat could lead to jungle justice, judging by the overzealousness of the country’s law enforcement agents.

He advised that rather than ordering the soldiers and police to shoot ballot box snatcher, the culprit should be arrested and prosecuted.

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