BREAKING: APC warns against alleged plans of Obi and Atiku to repeat June 1993 truncation of Nigeria’s democracy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) whose standard flagbearer in the 2023 presidential election is Bola Ahmed Tinubu has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party are planning a repeat of June 12, 1993, to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.

This comes after the National Collation Agent for the PDP, Dino Melaye and other party agents walked out of the International Conference Centre in Abuja over alleged rigging.

Dino who walked out of the venue, used for the collation of the presidential result on Monday, alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission has been compromised and the election was rigged in favour of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.

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He said, “Having observed that the Chairman of INEC is determined to rig the elections by making sure that results are not uploaded, by vehemently making a presentation that makes it look as if we are all here to rubber- stamp the fraud cooked between INEC and the APC, we are saying we are not here to rubberstamp the electoral fraud that have been prepared by INEC and the APC.

“We are Nigerians. There is nowhere on the server that results have been uploaded. The political parties here staged a walkout to express the unfortunate politicisation and commercialisation of our electoral process.”

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However, reacting in a statement issued by Festus Keyamo, Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, said We have it on good authority that the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party have perfected plans to finally scuttle our democracy and throw the country into constitutional crises by surreptitiously obtaining exparte court orders stopping the announcement of the Presidential Election results which they fear have gone against them.

“The walk-out they staged today at the National Collation Center is just a precursor to executing the plan Nigerians would recall that the June 12, 1993 debacle that brought Nigeria to its knees and caused our country international isolation was precipitated by a court injunction stopping the announcement of Presidential Election results.

“The court order was obtained by a certain Association for Better Nigeria headed then by one Chief Authur Nzeribe. This is exactly what Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi want to foist on this nation again because of their inordinate ambitions.

“The court order was obtained by a certain Association for Better Nigeria headed then by one Chief Authur Nzeribe. This is exactly what Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi want to foist on this nation again because of their inordinate ambitions.

“However, we wish to draw the attention of Nigerians, the Judiciary and the world to the provisions of section 84 (15) of the Electoral Act which prohibits the grant of injunctions to the stop the holding of elections (which includes the declaration of results).

“The section states nothing in this section shall empower the courts to stop the holding of primaries or general elections under this Act pending the determination of a suit.

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“Subsequently changed at a Collation Centre. All we hear are sound bites of their spokespersons, huffing and puffing about winning the election just to whip up public sentiments to prepare the ground to reject the results when they are eventually released by INEC.

“For us our position is very simple and straight forward: we wish to allow the legal process of declaring presidential election results to take place peacefully and in an orderly fashion. ASIWAJU is not desperate, but is very confident of victory.

“We therefore wish to advice anyone who wishes to aid and encourage these candidates along this infamous part to remember the June 12 debacle. They may also wish to learn a lesson or two from President Muhammadu Buhari who resorted to the court of law in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

“When same PDP ‘defeated’ him in those presidential elections in controversial circumstances. President Buhari, as a true statesman and democrat, never resorted to underhand tactics to declare himself President. We hope a word is enough for the wise,” the statement said.

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