A group, loyal to the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, has urged former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to accept the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Candidate in the recently held presidential elections.
BSO made this plea against the backdrop of the statement credited to His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, while reacting to the victory of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the Osun Governorship election tribunal.
Obasanjo had labelled as evil minds, those insinuating that the decision of the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to challenge Buhari’s victory at the presidential election tribunal was an invitation to violence.
But in a statement in Enugu on Sunday, Godwin Onwusi Esq., the Enugu State Secretary of BSO and South East Secretary, Zikist Buharist Movement (ZBM), sharply disagreed with Obasanjo.
According to Onwusi, such advocates were true friends of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, more than Obasanjo.
He said, “For us in the BSO, the international community, patriots and eminent statesmen like His Excellency, Ibrahim Babangida and Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), who advised Atiku not to head to presidential election tribunal are better friends of Atiku than Obasanjo.
“They’re better friends of Atiku, for advising him not to waste his time and resources. The truism is that Buhari contrary to Facebook or social media online analysis, which the Atiku camp relied upon, won the election.”
“Obasanjo should come to terms with reality, that Buhari has an uncommon treasure Vote-Bank of 12 million voters, whom since his first outing in 2003 presidential election had voted for him, and the voting repeated in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Apparently, Obasanjo is unaware that majority of Buhari’s voters were not captured by social media and possibly are unaware that Buhari for the first time scored over 1 million in the South-South and had 25 per cent in Abia, Ebonyi and Imo states,” Onwusi said.
On the allegations that the presidential election was tainted by irregularities like vote buying and none use of the Card Reader, Onwusi said without contempt of the presidential election tribunal, the reality is that recorded irregularities were not substantial enough to vitiate Buhari’s victory.
He said Buhari was standing on the Aminu Kano tradition in the North, which he not only inherited, but epitomised, a tradition of integrity quotient and prudent management of public finance, which Atiku had a deficit on and which the votes reflected.
Citing Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, Onwusi said the presidency also rejected as unfair and ridiculous criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s apparent disinterest in the upcoming elections in some states by party members who wrongfully assumed that the President will abuse his power by changing results to favour them.
He stated further: “May we ask Peter Obi, what their pillar of support, ex-president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo could have done if his main strongholds; Kano and Bauchi are threatened and hanging on the cliff-hanger of inconclusive elections?”
“On how come Buhari got more votes than Kano, Katsina, and Bauchi states governors if his election was free, fair and transparent? BSO is also concerned on Obi’s tirade that, “The only thing rigging does to a country is that it continues to keep incompetent people in office, and as a result rather than put energy in creating jobs to engage its teeming youths, it instead channels it trying to contain all sorts of vices and brigandage.”
“BSO’s understanding is that Obi is one of those who failed to reason that the day His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar was rigged was when the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum and PANDEF of the South-South, adopted Atiku as their son, hence exercised him from his kinsmen and neighbour in the North East and North West respectively. Our tradition frowns at the adoption of someone’s son without permission.”
“Can Obi tell Nigerians a better method of providing employment and diversifying our economy for growth, than the most ambitious and massive critical infrastructural development embarked upon by President Buhari? It is on record that Buhari has embarked on the construction of 5,000 kilometres of federal roads, 5,000 kilometres of Standard Gauge Rail lines, additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity and self-sufficiency in food production. His re-election means continuity,” Onwusi said with optimism.
He said BSO was, therefore, at a loss on how Obasanjo came to the hate speech that, “those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress, there will be violence, are evil minds looking for an excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians.
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Buhari challenges Atiku To Provide evidence that he defeated him in presidential election
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and winner of the February 2019 election, Muhammadu Buhari, has faulted claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar that they won the election.
President Buhari told the Presidential Election Tribunal that, by the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, he (Buhari) and his party, were victorious in the last election.
The APC candidate also told the Tribunal that the claim by Atiku and the PDP that the tradermoni policy of the government was a vote-buying measure was not true.
According to Buhari, the policy formed one of the many social intervention policies his government had put in place, directed at alleviating the suffering of the masses.
Buhari asked the Tribunal to ignore the claim by the petitioners that they won by results they obtained from a purported INEC server because it lacked legal basis.
Buhari further challenged Atiku and PDP to show evidence that their votes were depleted and manipulated.
This was contained in a preliminary objection filed by his group of lawyers in response to Atiku’s petition.
President Buhari also faulted the petitioners’ allegations of vote manipulation made against some security personnel, some named private individuals and organisations, without making them parties to the petition.
Buhari asked the Tribunal to throw aside Atiku, PDP’s petition on the grounds that the reliefs sought by the petitioners were frivolous.
He added that “The entire reliefs are not justifiable, as the petitioners, who claim to have scored majority of lawful votes insubstantial number of states, are also questioning their own return in those states.
“The petitioners cannot act as petitioners and respondents in the same petition.
“The alternative relief sought is self-defeating, apart from being frivolous.
“The election to the office of President on 23rd F February, 2019, was conducted in substantial compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),” he said.
Buhari, challenged the petitioners to produce “specifics of website: www.factsdontlien .com, including its domain owner, proprietor, lessee, lessor; etc., pleaded in paragraph 29 of the petition.
“Details of the electronic data on the servers of the 1st respondent (INEC), including the time, the details were downloaded, the person who downloaded them and the means of downloading (paragraph 29 of the petition).
“The documents from the 1st respondent, publishing the registered voters in Nigeria, as 84, 004, 084 and the number of PVCs collected as 72,775,502 (paragraph 30 of the petition).
“Details and documents, showing a breakdown of the electronically collated votes of 664, 659, allegedly cast for the petitioners in Abia State (paragraph 34 of the petition).
“Documents showing the published registered voters in Bauchi State, as pleaded in paragraph 41 of the petition.
“Details of the electronically collated 332,618 votes in Bayelsa State (paragraph 42).
“Documents showing how petitioners’ votes were depleted by 173,153, in Benue State (paragraph 44).
“Details of how petitioners’ votes were depleted by 210,109 in Bomo State (paragraph 46 of the petition).”
Source: Daily post
PDP tells Buhari to Submit his WAEC certificate to tribunal, as Keyamo speaks on qualification
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to claim by the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign Council, Festus Keyamo that one does not need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria.
According to him, if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, you do not need a WAEC certificate to become president of Nigeria.
However, reacting, PDP in a statement on Monday by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan called on President Muhammadu Buhari to tender his West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) to the presidential election petition’s tribunal.
The main opposition party also called on Nigerians to note that by claiming that an aspirant does not need WAEC certificate, but the ability to speak English, to contest for the office of the President, the Buhari Presidency, through Festus Keyamo, had finally admitted that President Buhari does not have a WAEC certificate as he claimed in his INEC documentation.
The PDP, therefore warmed APC campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, to stop “insulting” the sensibility of Nigerians .
The statement read in part “An attempt to deceive the public using a defective reading and skewed interpretation of a section of the constitution cannot exonerate President Buhari.
“Moreover, Section 295 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is very clear on issues of interpretations and reference to questions of law.
“The PDP, therefore, maintains that the onus is on President Buhari, as ‘Mr. Integrity’ to tender the certificate he claims to possess before the tribunal instead of this lame diversion from Presidential aides
“It’s completely inexcusable for President Buhari to swear to an affidavit to claim an educational qualification he did not possess.”
Source: Daily post
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