Frank urges Buhari to step down like COZA’s Fatoyinbo
• Accuses him, APC of raping democracy
Former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow a leaf from the senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, by stepping down from the presidency.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Frank noted that since Buhari had been accused of rigging himself into office in the last general election, the best thing would be for him to step down pending the determination of the petition filed against him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“What General Buhari and APC did to Nigeria during the last general elections amounted to a grievous rape on our democracy. Therefore, Buhari must, of necessity, step down just like Pastor Fatoyinbo has done, pending the final determination of the ongoing petition by the justices at the presidential election petition tribunal and the Supreme Court.
“As a man who claims to have integrity, it is only normal that you (Buhari) step aside, so that the judiciary can do its job without fear, favour or bias that could stem from the ongoing interference in the official activities of the justices by agents of the executive.
“As at today, the tribunal members are being intimidated, harassed outright, blackmailed, coerced, bribed and, above all, covertly threatened by the executive to fraudulently procure a favourable judgement,” Frank stated.
Buhari’s manifest incompetence, poor leadership and his unabashed rigging of the last presidential election have brought untold pain and hardship upon Nigerians, he added.His words: “Your administration raped Nigerians by denying them the true outcome of their votes, which was to ensure that a man who can help further the fight against insecurity, tackle unemployment, mitigate poverty and boost the economy in the person of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was elected.”
The political activist also called on Nigerians, especially members of the civil society, labour unions and celebrities that spearheaded the protest at COZA last Sunday to apply the same pressure on the present “illegitimate government” to wait for the outcome of the presidential election petition.
“Added to this evil is the ongoing forceful establishment of Ruga settlements all over Nigeria, which will lead to further rape, killing and maiming of innocent citizens and the systematic annexation of their ancestral lands by his foreign collaborators and others known as Fulani herdsmen.”
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