The Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has raised alarm over purported moves to postpone elections in Borno, Adamawa and Kaduna States, alleging that it was aimed at rigging the poll in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement by Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu on Tuesday, the PDP Presidential candidate alleged that it was being orchestrated by the government.
The former Vice President however warned that failure to hold elections on the same day across the country would be an invitation to
rigging, thuggery and violence. He said such will not be acceptable to his party.
According to Atiku, the report available to the PDP was that the deal being struck at a closed-door meeting between the Federal Government and the Governors of Borno, Adamawa and Kaduna States reflects the desperation of the APC to ”capture” the states and some others through election postponement.
”The deal, cut at a meeting with some northern governors and service chiefs in the presidential villa in Abuja is simple: The FG will shift
election in Northern States of Borno, Adamawa and Kaduna citing security concerns to provide the APC the opportunity to use security
agents to massively rig polls in those state at a later date,” a part of the statement read.
Atiku further alleged that the implication of the plot is that President Buhari, for all his words on ensuring free and fair elections and avoiding unethical measures to win at all costs, is ready to do anything just to ”capture” Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna and other states using security reasons as a pretext.
The PDP Presidential Candidate however said his party would not lose any sleep over the ignoble deal, since the battle to rescue Nigeria
from incompetence and bad leadership will be fought by the people themselves and not by some desperate APC governors.