Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie has reportedly uncovered a plot by the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to rig the 2019 General Elections.
On Sunday, Onochie alleged that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP stakeholders had plotted to use the electoral bill if signed to rig the forthcoming 2019 elections. It could be recalled that StateReporters news earlier reported that President Buhari declined to assent to the bill for a fourth time citing certain clauses in the bill could negatively affect the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
“Pres. Buhari came to governance through the popular will of the people of Nigeria who used the Card Reader to put a stop to his years of winning Presidential elections and never announced winner. He loves the Card reader. We love the Card Reader.
What they did was to cleverly replace “COUNT & ANNOUNCE”, with only “ANNOUNCE” in the new electoral bill amendment which portends grave danger for the progress our electoral process made in 2015.
It means COUNTING of our votes will no longer be necessary in 2019. Electoral umpires could announce any figure to favour whoever pays them well. They also want political parties to have the ability to merge 21 days to the election instead of the Current 90 days. It’s a recipe for disaster.
It’s disgraceful that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is pushing for our President Buhari to sign the flawed document that would ensure our disenfranchisement, and then enthrone manipulation of number of votes or in one word, RIGGING. But Pres. Buhari will always protect the interests of Nigerians
It’s unfair to Nigerians that the goal posts are being shifted in the dying minutes of a match. Thank you great President and Vice President too, the defenders of our nation, for spotting the pitfalls.”