FG commends US, UK’s plan to sanction election riggers, perpetrators of electoral violence
• Wants Duo To Keep Close Tab On Opposition
The Federal Government has commended the United States and the United Kingdom for demanding credible and peaceful election in Nigeria and threatening punitive measures against election riggers and perpetrators of electoral violence.
Government appealed to the two countries to keep a close tab on the opposition, alleging that their language, actions and undisguised threats are antithetical to the conduct of peaceful polls
In a statement yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government is particularly delighted that the statements came after it alerted the nation to the machinations of some opposition elements who are working to scuttle the 2019 polls through widespread violence.
He said, ‘’A few days ago, we alerted the nation to the plot by the opposition to orchestrate widespread violence in the country, using insurgents and criminal elements within and outside the country. “Their plan is to scuttle the election and then push for an interim government, having realized they can’t win a free, fair, credible and peaceful election. The fact that those statements came after we issued our red alert, which is based on credible intelligence, shows that the international community is closely monitoring events ahead of the election.”
Alhaji Mohammed said Nigerians and the international community should take seriously the assurance of a credible and violence-free election that has been consistently given by President Muhammadu Buhari, a tried-and-tested democrat and a globally acclaimed man of integrity.
He observed that the APC-led administration is very confident of victory in the forthcoming elections, adding that a party that was not so desperate as to rig election while in opposition had no business rigging election or perpetrating violence now that it is in power and is enjoying massive support from the citizenry.
The Minister called on the international community to keep a close eye on those who are spending more time on a dubious strategy of scuttling the polls than campaigning to win in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful election.
‘’As their campaign flounders and their strategies collapse, they have resorted to seeking power by subterfuge. That’s why they are doing everything possible to discredit an election that has yet to be held by unleashing their attack dogs on INEC, the police and the entire electoral process.
“On our part, we have confidence in the electoral process and the institutions saddled with organizing and securing the election. That’s why we have been busy campaigning vigorously across the country, attracting unprecedented, organic crowds everywhere we go.
‘’The party that has a history of rigging polls is well known to Nigerians. The party that has a history of using security forces to unleash violence in order to steal the people’s votes is well known to Nigerians. The party that organized an election that was later described as flawed by its own ‘winning’ presidential candidate is well known to Nigerians. That party is not the All Progressives Congress (APC),’’ he said.
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