Atiku accuses Buhari of plot to disenfranchise Nigerians


By Blogger 

Presidential candidate of the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has blamed the postponement of today's general elections  on President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress (APC),whom he said are plotting to disenfranchise Nigerians. 

Atiku made this known in a press statement he issued early hours of today. 

He said the President can postpone elections but cannot postpone destiny. 

He called on his supporters to remain calm.

His statement reads:

"Election Postponement: Remain Peaceful In Face of Provocation

"Dear citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,As you know, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced a postponement of the elections until 23 February and 9 March respectively.

"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.

"Maintain the peace and be law abiding. Do not react to this provocation with anger, violence or any action that might be exploited by those who do not want this election to hold. Remain calm. We will overcome this. You can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny."

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