By Olisemeka Obeche
The frontline opposition party, in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, argued that Buhari’s failure to constitute his campaign council or developed a clear-cut campaign blueprint, barely two months to the February presidential election, was an indication that he was not preparing for the epic poll.
According to PDP, Buhari and his party, “the All Progressives Congress (APC) have failed to set up a campaign structure because they are banking on their plots with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to manipulate the electoral process and rig for them”.
The alarm was raised barely 24 hours after the ruling party accused the opposition party of hiring Russian hackers to help it rig the 2019 presidential election.
The party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, who alleged that the hackers have been positioned to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to help PDP reclaim power, also claimed that the recent visit of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Senate President Bukola Saraki and other party leaders to Dubai was in line with the objective of rigging the polls.
Hear him: “What the PDP is doing right now is playing out what it designed in Dubai. They started with inciting a strike from labour on the minimum wage to cause problem in the country, but it didn’t work. They brought ASUU strike, which also did not work and they now tried to create fuel scarcity.
“These were all part of plots they planned in Dubai. The next plan is on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. Their plan is that if the president refused to sign the bill, they will go and demonstrate, and we are waiting for them.
How can you put in the bill that once the votes are cast, you just transmit, instead of counting first. That is part of the Dubai plot. “They planned to bring some Russians to help them hack the system.
That is their joker. Once the president signed the bill, they will just bring in the Russians to help them hack into the system,” he stated PDP, in its reaction, insists that “President Buhari had been overwhelmed over his rejection by a vast majority of Nigerians, who are bearing the brunt of his incompetent and corrupt administration; that is why he cannot articulate any campaign message after the failed launch of his copied and widely spurned “Next Level” mantra.
The party argues further in the statement: “All over the world, patriotic and obligated leaders, who are seeking (re-) elections, go to the electorate to canvass for votes with their messages and solutions. But our President and the APC have been busy procuring pho
ny endorsements, harassing and intimidating opposition leaders, compromising the electoral body to create illegal voting centers, delaying election budgets and holding the process to ransom by refusing to sign amendments to the Electoral Act that eliminate avenues for rigging.
“President Buhari, who is already reputed to have wrecked our once robust economy, crippled our critical sectors, entrenched corruption at the high places, and whose administration has dangerously divided our nation with escalated violence and daily bloodletting, is seeking re-election with no solution to offer on any critical sector of our economy.
PDP argues further that Buhari has nothing to offer on security; education, agriculture, health, energy, power, employment, manufacturing and other key sectors, which had underperformed in the last three and half years. “Instead of seeking ways to make amends, President Buhari, ostensibly out of frustration over his rejection and imminent electoral defeat in 2019, has arrogantly told Nigerians to be ready to face more suffering and hardship in the remaining part of his tenure.
“On our own part, our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are working hard, campaigning across the country and offering solutions, for which we have continued to receive overwhelming support from majority of Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 general elections. It is instructive for President Buhari and APC to note that they cannot have their way, as Nigerians are determined in their resolve to resist any attempt by the APC to rig in this election.