Former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has described the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s plan for a supplementary election as medicine after death.
Frank, a political ally of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said the planned exercise is a mere charade and a cheap blackmail to hoodwink Nigerians into being part of an illegality.
He cautioned Nigerians not to be fooled by the supplementary presidential election, alleging that it is part of a larger game plan of legalising INEC’s doctored results in the event of a judicial decision at the tribunal.
Frank said the INEC boss, having realised his gaffe in handling the just concluded presidential polls, “is trying everything possible to save his neck from the gravity of the available evidences as witnessed in this monumental sham called elections.”
In a statement sent to Continentour.com.ng on Saturday, March 2, Comrade Frank said having realised the determination of the opposition in proceeding to the courts for redress, INEC boss, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, “who is now obviously jittery is suddenly desperate in conducting supplementary presidential elections at a time when he had earlier refused after his attention was sought by the PDP agent at the national collation centre.”
He continued: “This sudden rigmarole in retracing his step can at best be described as ‘medicine after death’ having already issues a certificate of return to the purported winner of the February 23rd elections.
“Is the total population of the areas where the supplementary elections will hold greater than the margin of 3,928,869 illegally awarded the ruling party as recorded by INEC?
“Why the sudden haste in organising a supplementary presidential election, when INEC and it’s election observers have adjudge the elections to be free, fair and credible.
“Which observers will INEC depend on to supervise this supplementary elections?
“Why should Nigerians trust the INEC chairman with their safety and fairness when they’re already aware of the daylight robbery and connivance with the ruling party last Saturday?
“The INEC chairman disregarded all calls from stakeholders to be liberal in his judgement by halting the announcement of a winner given to the gravity of intimidation and widespread military takeover of its states collation centres, but instead proceeded with proclaiming a winner without recourse to fairness and equity.
“Having announced a winner therefore, it will be right to assume that INEC has complied with the electoral act and may not necessarily need any supplementary elections as that action may be fruitless ab initio.”
The former APC chieftain, also hailed the decision of Atiku to proceed to the tribunal for redress of his stolen mandate, stressing that it within his rights and as such, any talk of a supplementary elections may be dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of People’s Trust (PT), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.
Olawepo-Hashim, however, tasked the president on strengthening Nigeria’s electoral process, stating that new gaps including card reader failures, thump printing of ballot papers, allocation of results, violence and killing plagued the polls.
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