Atiku Asked Nigerians To Remain Peaceful In Face Of Provocation

Atiku Asked Nigerians To Remain Peaceful In Face Of Provocation

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, said that it was unfortunate that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari failed to utilise the time it had to organise the elections.

Atiku said this in a statement he personally signed on Saturday while reacting to the shift in the dates for the conduct of the general elections as announced by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in  the early hours of today.

Atiku asked Nigerians to remain peaceful in the face of provocation as the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC postponed the February 16 presidential election due to logistics challenges but urged Nigerians to still endure to come out to vote on the new dates.

“The Buhari administration has had more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections and the Nigerian people were poised and ready to perform their civic responsibility by voting in the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, 16 February, 2019.

“This postponement is obviously a case of the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. By instigating this postponement, the Buhari administration hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date. Nigerians must frustrate their plans by coming out in even greater numbers on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively.

“Knowing that the Nigerian people are determined to reject them, they are desperate and will do anything in their power to avoid their rejection by the Nigerian people.

“Their plan is to provoke the public, hoping for a negative reaction, and then use that as an excuse for further anti-democratic acts.

As such, I call on all Nigerians to be patient. We have tolerated the maladministration of this government for four years. We can extend our tolerance a few more days and give them our verdict via our votes.”

 

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