Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Dr. Doyin Okupe has declared that the All Progressive Congress(APC) does not have a presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
Making the declaration in Abuja on Tuesday.
Okupe condemned the refusal of President Buhari to sign the electoral act which has since been passed by the National Assembly, submitting also, that it is impossible for the APC to win the 2019 presidential election without rigging.
Okupe registered that President Buhari refused to sign the electoral act in order to make way for his party’s rigging plans whereas, the act was intended by the National Assembly to sanitize the electoral process, and reduce the possibilities of rigging to the barest minimum.
The PDP chieftain said “APC is only using their stooge Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, and the representative of the Villa in INEC, Amina Zakari, who is a blood relation of the president, to compromise the institution and corrupt the electoral process with impunity” He added that it is for this reason that Professor Mahmood Yakubu has failed woefully in his duty to inform the APC and his sponsors in the Villa, that before the law, they have no presidential candidate validly nominated for the 2019 elections.
The former presidential spokesman further said, “I wish to declare without any mental reservation or equivocation, that the nomination of President Buhari for the 2019 elections is invalid. And it is a flagrant and shameful infraction of the electoral act.
“Firstly, the act stipulates that a candidate for the presidency must be a Nigerian. Unfortunately in recent times, this has become a subject of both national and international controversy. Many Nigerians, including strong supporters of President Buhari are perplexed and apprehensive of the possibility of voting a Sudanese as the president of the country in 2019.”
Okupe also added that the electoral law requires that a candidate provides evidence of their educational qualification. A minimum of which must be WASSC or its equivalent.
“As of today, the form submitted by Buhari to INEC does not contain a certificate. Instead, what he submitted is an affidavit with a false claim that his certificate is with Secretary of the Army. Sadly that institution had issued a public statement denying categorically that it ever had in its custody General Buhari’s certificate. This is undeniably an act of perjury. And it is clearly stated even on the nomination form that any form of perjury by the candidate is a ground for disqualification of the candidate by INEC.”
Further, Okupe said “If the INEC chairman were to be a man of integrity and a committed patriot, President Buhari ought to have been outrightly disqualified by INEC instead of behaving like an ostrich; pretending not to know what is right or wrong.”
For the avoidance of doubt, he continued, “President Buhari has lost this election even before it is conducted.
“However the law is the law and it must be obeyed, irrespective of the calibre of persons involved. It is because the INEC insisted on strict adherence to electoral laws that APC Zamfara state will not be taking part in the governorship elections in 2019.
“Therefore, what is good for the geese is also good for the gander. If INEC stands by the provisions of the electoral laws in Zamfara state, it must also apply the same considerations to the presidential elections.
“Therefore, I am restating that president Buhari is not a candidate in the presidential elections in 2019. The facts speak for themselves.”
Okupe who described Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP as the luckiest candidate in Nigerian history submitted that “whether he wins, or Buhari wins, God forbid, Atiku will still be president in 2019. Because the invalid nomination of Buhari will fall to pieces in the face of the law, and Atiku will be declared winner, irrespective of the outcome of the election.”
The former presidential spokesman said he challenged INEC Chairman to disprove what he had said that the affidavit submitted to the Commission by Buhari was false, and “by this act, the candidate has become a willfully perjured individual.”
Dr Okupe therefore called on INEC to “act swiftly and apply the law to the letters and do what is right and what is just, otherwise, head and tail, Atiku wins”
Source: The Page
Election shift: I’m deeply disappointed with INEC —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep disappointment over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The President lamented that, despite giving all the necessary support to the electoral umpire, the exercise was postponed just hours to voting and after Nigerians had taken the pains to travel to vote.
“I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement,” Buhari said in a statement he signed on Saturday morning in Daura, Katsina State.
However, he asked INEC to ensure the safety of election materials already distributed and appealed to Nigerians to remain law abiding.
Buhari also stated that he had decided to relocate to Abuja from Daura to ensure that the meeting INEC called to hold with stakeholders was successfully.
His statement reads further, “We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.
“While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.
“I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.”
Source: Punch Newspaper
President Buhari’s statement on postponement of elections by INEC
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUHARI ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL ELECTIONS BY INEC
I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.
Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.
INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.
This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.
We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.
While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.
I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.
I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.
Daura, February 16, 2019
Election postponement: I’m disappointed….Balarabe Musa
Former Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa, on Saturday expressed disappointment over the postponement of the general elections, but declared that INEC was never prepared for the exercise in the first place.
INEC had announced the postponement a few hours to the kickoff of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly polls.
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while announcing the postponement in Abuja, attributed the step to “overwhelming logistics and operational challenges.”
The Commission fixed February 23 and March 9 as new dates for the presidential and National Assembly elections; and the governorship and state Assembly polls respectively.
But Musa, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Saturday, said he was disappointed, but not surprised, at the development.
“I am not surprised because INEC was never ready for the exercise, given the level of its preparations.
“INEC had serious funding challenges; what was appropriated to the Commission by the National Assembly was not adequate and everyone knew it.
“We are not even sure if the approved amount was released to the electoral body by the Federal Government.
“The logistics and operational challenges are glaring. There are also serious security challenges that may affect the agency in the course of the elections.
“The security services are facing the same funding crises and most of them are living in fear.
“You can also see the serious challenges being faced by the Judiciary, who are supposed to play a major role in the election process,” Musa said.
“So, I must say that I am disappointed; but, again, as I said, I am not surprised. I hope that all the stakeholders will take the necessary measures to help INEC address the issues before February 23, the new date for the presidential polls, because the President can only hand over power to an elected person.”
Musa called on Nigerians to remain calm as they prepare towards the new dates for the polls.
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