Updated: February 28, 2021
The unfounded allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party’s national chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, that there is a plot to rig the 2019 election in Nigeria is an indication the PDP is sensing defeat even before the first ballot is cast, the Buhari media organization said in a statement on Wednesday.
Secondus, who spoke when he hosted an election observer team from the Economic Community of West African States led by Mohammed Conteh, also expressed fear about the Independent National Electoral Commission was not capable of conducting free, fair and credible elections next year.
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But the Buhari Media Organisation in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke said the allegation is a crude attempt to whip up sentiment.
“Is it not surprising that PDP which has perfected the art of using undemocratic means to win elections in the past believes that President Muhammadu Buhari would sanction a rigging plot?
“And how about a situation where PDP is quick to lash out at INEC when it loses by-elections in the President’s traditional strongholds but keeps quiet when it wins in areas of its perceived strength?”
BMO also hailed INEC for choosing to ignore the opposition party’s serial allegations that have no backing evidence.
“We respect INEC’s decision not to join issues with any political party, especially the one that has perfected the art of raising false alarms.
“On our own part, we see the spurious allegations by the PDP as an unnecessary hallucination, acceptance of defeat before the election, and crying wolf where there is none.
“We believe PDP is scared by the enormous and outpouring of goodwill and support for President Buhari through his care and feeling for the common man”.
The group says the president has performed “wonderfully well and the result is there for all to see; from thousands of kilometers of roads rehabilitated or reconstructed, the quantum increase in power generation and the social investment programmes that have captured over 10 million poor Nigerians”.