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– The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said Atiku has already conceded defeat ahead of polls

– Oshiomhole said this in reaction to Atiku’s purported statement that two geopolitical zones, south-south and southeast were his strongholds

– The APC chairman said by saying only geopolitical zones out of six are his strongholds, he had conceded defeat

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has reportedly said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has conceded defeat ahead of the election.

Nigerian Tribune reports that Oshiomhole made the claim in his reaction to Atiku’s purported statement that two geopolitical zones, south-south and southeast were his strongholds.

The APC chairman said Atiku has unwittingly revealed that he has lost out in four out of the six geopolitical zones.

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His words: “PDP has conceded defeat, Atiku claimed to have control of south-south. That isn’t true. I come from Edo state and it is under the control of APC. By saying he has 2 out of 6 zones, it means he has lost.”

“Atiku knows he can’t win. In 2015, he lost his ward, he procured his senatorial zone for Senator Jubril Aminu, he did same for Senator Jonathan Zwingina! Let him deny it, I am ready to meet him in court.

“Atiku is afraid of defeat, we are ready for the election and by Saturday Atiku would remain a permanent candidate that he has always been.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a cleric, Prophet Okechukwu Daniel Udoka, predicted that Atiku will defeat President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

The cleric said God had chosen Atiku to be the next president of Nigerian, noting that the PDP presidential candidate was not the messiah but said his regime would be better than the four past regimes.

Prophet Udoka claimed God told him that nothing can stop Atiku from being the next president of Nigeria, adding that a greater number of Nigerians will vote for Atiku.

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– Chris Smith said President Buhari should take responsibility for the election postponement

– The US congressman called for a free and fair election like the 2015 own

– Smith noted that whatever happens in Nigeria would have effect in the continent

A United States congressman, Chris Smith has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari and his allies for the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed the elections scheduled for February 16 to 23.

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The US congressman however said the president must take responsibility for the postponement.

He said: “Responsibility for the delay of Nigeria’s presidential election lays squarely with President Muhammadu Buhari and those close to him. Actions in advance of the election — including removal of Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen and arson attacks on Independent National Electoral Commission offices in opposition strongholds — are undermining confidence that this election and subsequent gubernatorial elections will be free and fair.

“At a minimum, the presidential election must meet the 2015 standard, which saw a peaceful transfer of power and a statement by the then-sitting president that all bloodshed must be avoided.”

Smith also called upon the Trump Administration and the State Department to focus greater attention upon Nigeria.

He said: “In addition to being sub-Saharan Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria is its biggest economy, and what happens in Nigeria has ramifications beyond its borders.

“Given the magnitude of global problems Secretary Pompeo must contend with, he should consider appointing a Special Envoy for Nigeria vested with full authority.

“The State Department must use all tools at its disposal, including visa denial and sanctioning authority, to hold accountable those who undermine democracy and foment sectarian and ethnic violence.”

Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena has accused the Bayelsa state government of stockpiling arms in different local governments of the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Nabena’s allegation was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 19.

According to the APC chieftain, the alleged arms buildup could be traced particularly in Brass, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw areas of the state.

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reacted to the controversial comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that anyone that snatches ballot boxes at the forthcoming elections do so “at risk to their own lives”.

President Buhari had on Monday, February 18 said anyone caught in the act of ballot box snatching, will will do so at the cost of their lives.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb, it may be that [this will be] the last unlawful action you will take,” Buhari had said.

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“The whole 36 states in Nigeria, I went round. I think I have got enough support across the country to look after me. So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”

Buhari made the comment at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Abuja.

However, reacting to the president’s comment on Tuesday, February 19, Professor Yakubu said that ballot box snatchers should be punished only in accordance with the electoral law.

According to Sahara Reporters, the president’s comments were brought to the INEC chairman as he addressed the media on the preparedness of his commission for the rescheduled elections.

His words: “The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.”

Yakubu also reportedly denied reports that Okechukwu Ibeanu, INEC’s national commissioner in charge of logistics, was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS).

“No commissioner of the commission was picked up by any security agency no house of any commissioner of INEC was raided; no any commissioner of INEC has been picked by the security agency,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng prevously reported that a legal group, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), described President Buhari’s controversial comment as a subtle promotion of jungle justice.

The group said that such statement is dangerous for the present polity of the country.

CSJ through its lead director, Eze Onyekpere, said the statement violates the law of the country.

He said: “This directive clearly violates the constitutional guarantee of the right to life and cannot be justified under any of the exceptions to the general rule.”

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– Atiku Abubakar claimed the APC is plotting to rig the election

– The PDP presidential candidate said APC had trained some specialists in China

– Atiku said the ruling party plans to fast-track election in places where they hope to win

Atiku Abubakar who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised allegation against the All Progressives Congress (APC) claiming the ruling party plots to tamper with card readers.

According to Sahara Reporters, Atiku made this claim on Tuesday, February 19 at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP.

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Atiku claimed the APC was in possession of a telephone-like device that will allow the party fast-track election in places where they are expected to win while slowing down the process in region the party may lose.

He said APC operatives have been trained in China and have returned to the country ahead of the election.

He said: “We have just discovered that the APC have hired many of their operatives and have taken them to China to be trained, and they have been so trained, and they are back, and they are equipped with devices that are meant to slow or fasten our card readers,” Atiku said.

“So, if you are in the South-South, South-East and North-Central, you are likely to get your card readers to be slowed by those APC operatives. We have seen the machines; we have interviwed some of those who have gone on this training, and we have passed that information to the campaign council to pass to you.

“But if you are from the North-West, North-East or Sout-West, the tendency is that they will use these machines to fast-track the readings of your card readers, so that many of their supporters can vote while disenfranchising the other three zones. I thought you should know that we have supplied the information to the campaign council, and you will even see the copy of the machine which each and everyone of those operatives is to hold. It is like a telephone but that is its job. I felt I should let you know, and you should be guided accordingly.”

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Meanwhile, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the embargo placed on campaigns by the INEC would not stand since the commission postponed the elections. He said the party was set to renew its electioneering campaigns ahead of the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

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– Senator Abdulaziz Nyako has identified poverty and drug abuse as bane of insecurity ravaging Adamawa state

– The Senator said hunger and drugs were reasons behind insecurity in the state.

– Ahead of the 2019 general election, Nyako said people are pushed into causing havoc in the state and region as a whole

The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Adamawa state, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako has identified poverty and drug abuse as bane of insecurity ravaging Adamawa state.

Nyako while speaking during an early morning Television program said hunger and drugs were reasons behind insecurity in the state.

The senator explained that during his ward to ward campaign tour across the state, he almost shed tears looking at the villages living in object poverty and lack of water.

He said that poverty is the major reason people are pushed into causing havoc in the state and region as a whole.

According to Nyako, most of the youths who live in the remote villages are married with families to cater for without jobs or businesses to do.

He said such situations can led them to drugs that would manifest to violence and resort to insurgency .

He added that water is perennial to the people of the state because it is a source of life to household and farmers alike.

He said the state has enormous potential to generate internal revenue that can be used to stimulate economic growth and grassroots development as well as provide basic amenities and quality education to the people but that can be done through concerted efforts and ideas mastery to knowledge.

Further speaking, Nyako said having identified these causes, he is are willing to tackling them once he take office as the governor of the state.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kassim Gaidam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, on Tuesday, February 19, allayed the fears of the people over insecurity, stressing that the forthcoming elections in the state would be peaceful.

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He described as false, the notion in some quarters that the elections could be hampered by insecurity.

Gaidam said that Adamawa had been calm and peaceful in recent times.

The REC said, “We have been holding regular meeting with relevant security agencies ahead of the February 23 and March 9 polls. The state is calm, we do not have bombing here again and we only hope the situation remains so.”

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– Officers of Nigeria Customs Service involved in the incident that occurred along Ijebu Ode road in Ogun state are being interrogated

– A video which went viral on social media showed a man supposed to be a passenger of a commercial bus was allegedly shot dead by a customs officer

– According to the public relations officer of NCS, Joseph Attah, the investigation is to find out the causes of the incident that led to the death of the innocent citizen

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Monday, February 18, declared that its officers involved in the incident that occurred along Ijebu Ode road in Ogun state are being interrogated.

Joseph Attah, the Public Relations Officer of NCS, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

A video which went viral on Social Media on Sunday, February 17, showed a man, supposed passenger of a commercial bus was allegedly shot dead by a customs officer, though, it was denied by NCS, saying it was an accidental discharge.

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Attah explained that the customs assistant comptroller general, Zone A, Ekekezie Kessy had visited the Federal Operations Unit in the zone at Ikeja, Lagos to interrogate the officers involved.

He said that the investigation was to find out the immediate and remote causes of the unfortunate incident that led to the death of an innocent citizen.

According to him, the interrogation will also reveal if a better handling of weapon will have averted the incident.

“The officers involved are being interrogated, we look at it holistically, including weapon handling skills. If the officers are found guilty, they will be punished appropriately, we will allow the investigation to take place first.

“We still stand our ground that it is not a passenger of the bus that was deliberately shot dead but the victim was hit by the accidental discharge.

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“An audio is now trending from one of the passengers of the bus that the person that died is not one of them. We insist that the person that died was not a passenger but a good Samaritan who used to assist our officers, we described him as a friend of customs.’’

The spokesperson said that training of its personnel was a continuous process, adding that the Service often sought assistance of the military in this regard.

According to him, “Like we said that in our statement, it is painful and totally unnecessary to lose life in anti-smuggling operations.’’

He urged the general public to be wary of what was being posted on social media because some of those things could mislead them.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigeria Customs Service, in the evening of Sunday, February 17, explained the situation that degenerated into the killing of a citizen of the country at the Shagamu interchange along Ijebu Ode area of Ogun state earlier in the day.

The agency denied the reports that trended earlier in the day showing that one of its officers killed a passenger for refusing to give bribe.

In the video that trended, the voice of a passenger could be heard screaming and saying the victim was killed because of N5,000 which the customs officers at the interchange demanded and which led to an altercation.

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– The DSS reportedly summons some INEC officials for questioning over the 2019 general elections

– Apart from Okechukwu Ibeanu, the DSS is said to have summoned four other officials

– A report says a committee was set up by INEC to handle the 2019 election which was postponed

The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly invited some top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the recently postponed general election that was said to have caught political parties unawares.

Some of those to be questioned, according to a report by Premium Times, include Chidi Nwafor, the director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ken Ukeagu; Osaze Uzzi, the director of voter education and publicity and Bimbo Oladunjoye, the assistant director of ICT.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the DSS had summoned Okechukwu Ibeanu, a professor of political science and INEC’s operations and logistics.

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It was reported, however, that ahead of the 2019 elections, a separate committee was set up, which Ibeanu was not part of.

The report claims that an internal memorandum announcing the committee to INEC officials was signed by Maryam Iya Musa, the director, commission secretariat.

“Curiously, close to the election, INEC chair created an ad hoc committee on logistics for the 2019 elections which reported directly to him. Prof Ibeanu is not a member of that committee,” the report quoted a source as saying.

It also reported another source as saying that the setting up of the committee had never happened in the history of INEC.

“There was nothing like that under Jega (Attahiru, immediate past INEC chairman). Nobody knows why Professor Yakubu decided to duplicate functions and hand such a crucial task (logistics) to a committee when there is a department to handle it,” it quoted the source as saying.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, accused the INEC of allegedly colluding with the PDP to rig election.

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Speaking on Monday, February 18, at a crucial caucus meeting organised by the ruling party following the postponement of the February 16 election, the APC chairman alleged that the commission had brought to the knowledge of PDP the poll shift before any other party.

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– Governor Aminu Masari said the shift in election date will not affect the support for President Buhari in Katsina

– Masari added that the APC February 14 rally had clearly indicated that the people would deliver on their three million votes for Buhari

– The Katsina state governor also claimed that the postponement based on previous experience did not come as surprise to him

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state says the postponed elections will not affect the promise made by Katsina people to deliver three million votes for re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari on February 23.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Saturday shifted the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Feb. 23.

The governorship, house of assembly, FCT area council elections were also shifted from March 2 to March 9.

However, Masari told State House correspondents in Katsina that the postponement would not change the position of Katsina people, stressing that the APC Thursday’s rally had clearly indicated that the people would deliver on their three million votes for Buhari/Osinbajo ticket.

He said: “Katsina people are ready; you saw it if you were here on Thursday (rally) you would know Katsina people are ready and prepared for these elections.

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“The postponement will not change anything, it will not change the position of Katsina state.

“We were ready two days ago. I believe those of you who were in Katsina since on Wednesday or Thursday you would have seen that we were more than ready as far as the elections is concerned.’’

According to the governor, the postponement based on previous experience did not come as surprise to him.

Masari, who expressed serious concern over the postponement of the elections almost at the last hours by INEC, said “I hope INEC does not develop a culture of shifting dates of elections’’.

He maintained that it would be unfair for anybody or organization to shift the blame of the postponed elections on President Buhari, adding that INEC, an independent body should be held responsible for its action.

He said: “But the fact on ground is that INEC gave assurance and the federal government has given INEC all the resources they required. So, the failure if there is any is their own.

“It has nothing to do or very little to do with the President except that being the President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces whatever happens under the sun in Nigeria he becomes responsible but not liable.

“If you are looking for somebody who is liable, INEC is liable to convince Nigerians why it shifted the elections because all the political parties are going to suffer the consequences of INEC’s action.

“So, obviously there will be additional cost on the political parties and also on the government. So, the president cannot deliberately orchestrate this and knowing the kind of president Nigeria has now – he has not even interfered with departments that are directly under him let alone a commission that is independent based on the provision of the constitution.

“He is somebody who believes in the rule of law.’’

On security situation in the state, the governor disclosed that the state government in collaboration with relevant security agencies at both local and state level had succeeded in securing the state from criminals.

He commended the federal government for deploying more security personnel with additional tracking and other security gadgets to locate and apprehend kidnapers and bandits within and beyond the state.

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“From the time I cried out to date, one – there has been reinforcement in the police, also the Department of State Services has sent in more tracking devices and more personnel and the military are operating, the air force is in the air always.

“I think there is improvement in terms of the level of security with regards to kidnapping, armed banditry.

“We were very much concerned because we were afraid that it would affect elections in some of the wards that are bordering the forest areas.

“But luckily enough with the combined operations of the local security under the local government system, the police; the Nigerian Civil Defence and the army, the situation has improved tremendously and we can now conduct elections in more than 95 per cent of those places that were being daily attacked, because most of the attacks were coming from the forest in Zamfara.

“They hit and go on motor bikes. So, really security, yes, is still a problem but not to the extent that it will disturb the issue of elections,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that thousands of APC supporters took over Katsina, the Katsina state capital, for President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in the state.

Some of the supporters who arrived the city on Wednesday, February 13, slept on the streets in spite of the cold weather.

The Muhammad Dikko Stadium, venue of the rally, was filled to capacity when the president arrived.

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– The PDP has called for justice for the victims of Kajuru local government area killings

– 66 people were killed by unknown gunmen in Kajuru LGA on Friday, February 15

– The PDP governorship candidate in the state described the situation as unfortunate

Kaduna state gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Isah Ashiru has urged the state government and security agencies to fish out and prosecute those involved in the killings of villagers in Kajuru area of the state.

Ashiru, in a statement he issued in Kaduna on Monday, expressed shock by the report of the murder of innocent people, describing the situation as unfortunate.

”This unfortunate incident is not only an unwanted addition to the list of the past similar ones, but is also a clear indication that insecurity still remains a huge challenge in some parts of Kaduna state.

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“The fact that the loss of human lives has been confirmed makes the whole issue terribly shocking.

“The act clearly smacks of callousness and a descent into barbarism.

“This will require a tremendous determination and demonstration of a sense of justice and fairness on the part of the authorities whose responsibility it is to not only deal appropriately with the perpetrators of such acts but to also forestall their recurrence.

“Let me quickly remind my dear good people of Kaduna State of the need to embrace peace and eschew violence so that the diversity with which Almighty God has endowed us can be harnessed for the good of all of us.

“Our state is big, bountiful and rich enough to accommodate all of us; all we need to do is to continuously remind ourselves of the fact that resorting to violence has never benefitted us as a people,” Ashiru said.

He urged people of the state to “endeavour to come together, regardless of political, religious or ethnic differences, to let the world know that we are committed to ridding our state of violence

“At the same time, we must be willing to live as true brothers and sisters that we have always been.

“While we condole with the bereaved families, I also wish to re-assure everyone again that my bid to clinch the governorship of Kaduna state is driven by both an immense concern for our people and a total determination to rescue the state from misrule.

“I, therefore, wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, people of Kajuru local government area as well as the government and the entire people of Kaduna state over this unfortunate incident.

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“It is my fervent prayer that Almighty God who created those souls will expose the perpetrators of the heinous act.”

It would be recalled that unknown armed men had on February 11, attacked and killed 66 persons including children and women in eight settlements in Kajuru local government area of the state.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, reacted to claims by some people that he fabricated the killings of 66 people of Fulani origin killed in Kajuru local government area of the state on February 16, 2019.

The state government’s statement came after Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) said the governor’s comment over the Kajuru killings was deliberately orchestrated to inflame ethnic and religious sentiments to produce yet another cycle of bloodshed in the state.

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– Some stakeholders have called for an investigation into the alleged compromise by some INEC official on the postponed election

– The stakeholders said these staff should be identified and handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigation

– According to them, some politicians including a former president of Nigeria connived with the opposition to compromise the electoral process

A group has called for the identification and sack of all staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who have contributed to the postponement of the Saturday, February 16, presidential election.

The group, Nationalists Front for Nigeria said the staff should be identified and handed over to the Nigeria Police to investigate the involvement in the logistics issue that led to the postponement of the election.

The group led by a former police commissioner, Abubakar Tsav, stakeholders, diplomats, clergies among many others alleged that former president Olusegun Obasanjo and some persons in INEC are in a conspiracy to scuttle the election.

Addressing a world press conference on Monday, February 18, Tsav on behalf of the group said such conspiracy is focused on a pre-determined outcome in line with the ex-President’s character and posture.

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He said those involved in the shady deal to snuggle the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into power through backdoor must be brought to book.

Tsav said: “We shall come to heaping our criticism on INEC but not before we attempt to alert Nigerians to the real dangers facing them as a people.”

“The repeated defeat of the terrorists made the opposition, in this case the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to be faced with the prospect of going into an election it is guaranteed to lose to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election on the platform of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Tsav said.

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“Recall that prior to this, a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, cobbled together several alliances and coalitions that failed woefully like every other thing he has ever laid hands on. Even though Chief Obasanjo had in the past invoked God’s wrath on himself if he ever returns to the PDP (he tore his membership card to seal the curse) he has since fully returned to the PDP and is now its most popular gladiator, save the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Obasanjo had made it appear as if certain clerics captured in photo op with him and Atiku were instrumental to brokering peace between him and his former deputy but events have proven otherwise. What they did in Otta on the day they purportedly made peace was to further perfect their scheme against democracy in Nigeria,” he said.

The former commissioner said INEC’s compromised in the election process is so bad that results have been written in favour of the PDP before the election day while sensitive election materials were delivered to PDP chieftains in several areas hence the failure of the materials to be delivered to the right destinations and officials at a few hours to the elections.

He added that the logistics failure that prompted the postponement was therefore contrived by these people and not a natural occurrence.

“The evil that was planned against Nigeria by Chief Obasanjo and his protégés – Atku, Wike and others is beyond imagination. It was as if he has sensed that Nigerians will vote in a way that will disgrace him with his failed alliances and lying letter so he decided the only way to save face is to manipulate the elections by compromising the umpire.

“A last minute realization of the crimes that have been committed in INEC is what jolted its Chairman out of his lethargy to postpone the polls in the hope that remedial actions can still be taken to reverse the damage that the PDP, Obasanjo and Atiku have done to its credibility. Before now, there have been several calls on these men to desist from their acts that are capable of plunging the country into crisis but it is now apparent that they are not amenable to reason.

Instead of retracing their steps they have approached their western allies to mount undue pressure on INEC while unfairly accusing the government of the country.

“Our demand to Professor Yakubu and INEC as an institution is simple. The Commission must identify, sack and hand over its compromised staff to the police for prosecution before proceeding with the election.

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“A failure to do this would imply that INEC has no intention of doing the right thing which would greatly undermine its credibility like the western coalition and the opposition has been trying to do,” Tsav said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, has warned that the call for the resignation of the chairman of INEC Mahmood Yakubu by the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, is unfair, unacceptable and may jeopardise conduct of Saturday, February 23 election.

Shittu said if the chairman of the umpire resigns, it would affect the conduct of the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23.

Legit.ng gathered that the minister who spoke on Monday, February 18, with reporters at his Ibadan residence on the rescheduling of the general elections urged Nigerians to give the INEC chairman a benefit of doubt.

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