PDP, Atiku Planning To Rig Election, BMO Alleges


The Buhari Media Organisation says it has uncoverd alleged plans by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to rig the February 16 presidential election.

The group said a part of the plan “to subvert the will of the people”, was PDP’s recent recruitment of a former Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman known to have presided over the worse election in Nigeria’s recent political history.

BMO also said President Muhammadu Buhari had no reason to rig next month’s election.

It stated that any fear by the opposition that Buhari was preparing the ground to rig the election was a mere conjecture and completely false.

According to the BMO, the All Progressives Congress had all it takes to win the coming election fairly and creditably, with a landslide.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the BMO said the PDP rigging plot also involved spending huge amount of money on police personnel and election officials in many parts of the country.

It said, “With their campaign daily losing steam, the PDP has also resorted to accusing everyone directly or remotely connected to President Muhammadu Buhari of corruption; after realising that Nigerians are not buying any of their Dubai Strategy of lies.

“Their leaders had been working on this plan for a while and had consciously been raising all sorts of allegations and attacking national institutions involved in the electoral process in order to divert attention from their devious agenda.

“Part of the plot is to discredit INEC’s new election guidelines which included simultaneous accreditation and voting, and which also barred collation officers from making or receiving calls on election day.

“This same style was successfully test run in all bye-elections in recent months including those won by the PDP candidates, but the party did not see anything wrong with it until the commission insisted that it would be used during the next elections.”

The group alleged that the PDP was also working on infiltrating INEC by embedding its supporters among ad-hoc electoral officials as part of its rigging plan.

It consequently advised the commission to be cautious in its recruitment plan for the general elections.

“We want to place Nigerians on notice that they should be at alert and not allow PDP elements at all levels to subvert the will of the electorate.

“There is also a need for the election management body to properly scrutinise ad-hoc staff to be recruited for election duty as well as pay more than a passing attention to its officials in the run- up to the February 16 election,” it said.


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