The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has reiterated his warning to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) that there will be no room for rigging on February 16.
The latest admonition is contained In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Assistant On Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, in response to the Federal Government’s warning to the US, UK and EU over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The former Vice President warned that anyone planning to rig the election may as well be toying with the very foundation of the nation’s democracy.
The statement said: “Buhari’s cabal is unhappy with the statements from the US, the British and the EU because they know that these world powers have agreed to re-route their latest and most technologically sophisticated spy satellites including the NAOL-47 satellite to provide comprehensive coverage over Nigeria on February 16.
“The photographs these satellites will deliver can not only show someone reading a newspaper but also which newspaper they are reading.”
The statement recalled that the Federal Government had in a statement through a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated that; “the nation’s security forces will confront any attempt to interfere with the process by elements from outside the country.”
Atiku expressed concerns over what he said is the desperation of the APC to rig the forthcoming elections and therefore advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the military and the police not to allow themselves to be used by those interested in turning Nigeria’s democracy on its head.
The statement added: “The truth is that there is no country in the world where a president with this appalling record could ever be re-elected. Over 100 million Nigerians cannot afford even one decent meal a day, yet their president is seeking re-election.
“The world power, as well as Nigerians, also have intelligence that Buhari will decisively lose the elections since the people are angry because they are hungry and have no jobs.
“There is no level of rigging that this vile government could ever do to overturn the millions of Nigerians who will turn up at the polls to vote him out.
“We ask our dearest young population who got a job under Buhari in the last four (4)years, to vote for Buhari. But all those who lost their jobs and whose relations lost their jobs and businesses to his maladministration to please come out in large numbers to elect Atiku Abubabar who is a harbinger of job creation!”