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The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has given one reason President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot rig the 2019 general election.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY POST, President of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said that the rigging formula of the current administration as allegedly applied in Ekiti and Osun States, will not work in 2019.
Shettima noted that the police has been a major tool for rigging elections in recent time, but maintained that the government will not have enough manpower in the police force to rig elections in the 36 states and the FCT.
Shettima alleged that the government massively rigged the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun but expressed his confidence in the judiciary to return the peoples mandate to them.
He said, “The 2019 general elections will not be like what we saw in Osun and Ekiti because this is a case where every policeman will be in his post.
“With this, it means that if you have succeeded in deploying 40,000 policemen to Ekiti or Osun to rig election, you cannot take them anywhere in 2019 February general election. You cannot do that.
“They [APC] will be completely dis-centralized and embarrassed. You will see that the kind of embarrassment that befell Jonathan’s administration; I mean, the same way Jonathan was sacked, even, this one will be worse than what Jonathan saw.
“Nigerians will decide because it is a moment of decision and we’ll all decide. Nigerian Democracy must be saved.
“The international community accepted the fact that the election in Osun State was massively rigged and they are in court and I’m happy court will decide on that.
“The judiciary will rise to the occasion and they’ll do what is right. Forget about what is going on; the intimidation of the judiciary under this present administration.
“They ‘ll do the right thing at the right time. I have no doubt about Osun State.
“Then in Ekiti we all saw how a sitting Governor was messed up. An elected executive Governor was messed up and his immunity was completely downplayed.
“He was dealt with decisively because they wanted to take over Ekiti State by force but they forget that we are watching.”
Influential southern groups, Afenifere, Ohanaeze N’digbo and the Pan Niger Delta Forum, have announced that they would support the candidate that has been most vocal about the restructuring of the country.
Former vice president and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar appears to have been very vocal on the need to restructure the country.
Atiku has over the years insisted that restructuring was what Nigeria needed to attain its full potentials.
Recently, he and vice president, Yemi Osinbajo fired salvo at each other over the issue.
Speaking, Afenifere’s spokesperson,Yinka Odumakin, lamented that all efforts to engage the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on the need to restructure the country since 2015 had been futile.
He told Punch: “Atiku has been very strong on restructuring and he has also picked a running mate (Peter Obi) who has also expressed very strong opinion about the issue of restructuring. Obi is from a zone where the people are clamouring for restructuring.
“We have reached out to the Presidency through some of the governors who are close to him (Buhari) from the South-West.
“We drafted a list of leaders across Nigeria that the President should summon across Nigeria to discuss the issue of restructuring. Many months after, the governors did not get across to us probably because they met a brick wall.
“There is a consensus among leaders of the South-West, South-East, South-South, the Middle Belt and Arewa. We have said we will wait for the consensus candidate that would be produced by the CUPP to enable us to make our choice among the candidates.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, said besides restructuring, the region will support a candidate who is ready to address the marginalisation of the Igbo and also implement the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.
He said, “Ohanaeze is not a political party but we are going to support and identify with anyone that will restructure Nigeria. Any of the presidential candidates that is genuinely and sincerely ready to restructure Nigeria will have our votes.
“Besides restructuring, there are other demands. Our youths are agitating for Biafra and that is due to the marginalisation of the Igbos over the years. We are politically, economically and infrastructurally marginalised and we want these issues addressed effectively.”
Also, the Pan Niger Delta Forum said it would support any candidate who showed strong commitment to the restructuring of the country.
National Secretary of the group, Dr. Alfred Mulade, said, “PANDEF met with 16 presidential aspirants before the parties concluded their primaries.
“What we put on the table is that we will support any candidate that has restructuring as the backbone of his administration.”
The Peoples Democratic Party has announced Senate President Bukola Saraki the head of its presidential campaign efforts.
Mr Saraki’s official position as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation was disclosed on Tuesday morning by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesperson. Mr Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month.
Mr Saraki was amongst the 11 other aspirants who challenged Mr Abubakar for the ticket. All the aspirants have pledged support to Mr Abubakar, after deeming the exercise peaceful and transparent.
The senate president would work with six others who would coordinate the six geopolitical zones, including three other former contenders for the presidential ticket.
The zonal coordinators were announced as follows: Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal (North-west); Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi (South-East); Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (North-east); Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike (South-south); Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom (North-central) and former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose would lead South-west push.
Kabiru Turaki, a senior lawyer and former minister, would chair legal matters; while Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel would chair fund-raising committee.
Messrs Turaki, Dankwambo and Tambuwal all unsuccessfully vied for the presidential ticket against Mr Atiku.
Other key appointments into the campaign structure would be disclosed soon, Mr Ologbondiyan said.
2019 Elections: Phone Customized for APC Supporters With APC Start up Tune & Logo Hits the Internet (Video)By MediaTek
As 2019 draws closer Campaigns by Political parties have started coming up, and spotted above is one from APC. A phone customized only for APC supporters.
The phone comes with the party’s startup tune, an APC welcome logo, and Buhari’s face as the auto screensaver.
Watch the video below!
Credit: Adepoju Adewale
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Specially customised phones in support for the two main contestants in the 2019 presidential election are set to flood the market.
The phones were designed separately to drum support from the citizens for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The phones were also designed with the party’s logos and motto as Nigerians ponder on who to vote for in the forthcoming election next year.
Atiku beat 11 other contestants after polling 1, 532 to emerge as the winner of the PDP primary at the National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
President Muhammadu Buhari polled a total of 14, 842, 072 across the 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory during APC’s direct Presidential Primary to emerge as it’s 2019 candidate. Watch the videos below;