Frank faults INEC over planned supplementary presidential poll
Urges Abdulsalami to intervene in Atiku’s son-in-law’s arrest
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s plans to conduct supplementary presidential election.
Frank, an ally of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, described the planned exercise as a charade aimed at influencing court decision to accept the outcome of the presidential polls won by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the decision must have been borne out of the realisation that the presidential polls were marred by widespread disenfranchisement through violence, voters’ suppression, intimidation and threats to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) by security forces.
Frank, however, commended Atiku on his resolve to reclaim his mandate at the tribunal, adding that only the will of God will prevail in the affairs of men.
“Atiku is the people’s wish and that wish will stand in due course. The cabal and its collaborators will realise that nothing can stop destiny when its time has come,” he said.
He argued that INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, is now jittery and suddenly desperate to conduct supplementary presidential elections when he earlier refused to do so after PDP agents sought his attention at the National Collation Centre, Abuja.
“This sudden rigmarole in retracing his step can at best be described as ‘medicine after death’ having already issued certificate of return to the purported winner of the February 23, 2019 general elections,” he added.
Besides, he also raised the alarm over the arrest and intimidation of Atiku’s loyalists.
Reacting to the alleged invasion and arrest of Babalele Abdullahi, who is Atiku’s son in-law and Finance Director of his companies in Abuja at the weekend, Frank alleged that there were also plans to arrest Atiku during the week.
He enjoined the General Abdusalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee, to call President Buhari to order over the development, which he described as an act of terrorism and wickedness.
Frank disclosed that no fewer than 24 officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who came in two vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a Hilux van, stormed Abdulahhi’s home and office but found nothing incriminating.
He noted that the intimidation and harassment of Atiku’s men started even before the elections with Tunde Ayeni, Uyi Osagie and now Abdullahi “and we are reliably informed of plans by Buhari’s men to arrest Atiku this week.”
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