Those behind INEC postponement of election finally revealed

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank said election shift was plotted by President Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership.

Frank alleged that the President together with the APC chieftains had gone into a secret meeting with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Saturday’s election was postponed.

He said the election postponement is a template designed by the APC’s leadership to rig the presidential election also included staggered and postponement of elections to frustrate the Nigerian voter.

While addressing the Newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, the former APC publicist said Nigerians and the international community should disregard the President statement concerning the election shift, said it is ‘lip service’.

The President had earlier expressed his disappointment on the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections that were so supposed to hold on February 16, 2019.

He, however, condemned in strong terms the desperation of the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai who allegedly lied that 66 persons mostly Fulanis were allegedly killed by unidentified gunmen in the state on the eve of the postponed elections in order to provoke chaos and force cancellation of poll results in the state.

He stated that the reported case of 16 bags of already thumb-printed 3.3 million ballot paper in favour of the ruling party allegedly going to Kano and many other states, calls for concern on the readiness of the APC’s leadership for the election.

“I have been vindicated on my earlier revelation about the INEC’s secret meeting with Gen Buhari,” said the Bayelsa-born political activist.

The former APC Deputy National spokesman said Professor Yakubu’s insistence that he would conduct the election in just one day was against the rigging template of the leadership of the APC, hence the frontal attacks against him by the presidency and the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

While calling on Nigerians to resist any attempt to impose a former INEC’s head of logistic, Hajia Amina Zakari, as the electoral umpire, Frank urged Prof Yakubu to remain resolute in the face of intimidation and blackmail by the APC’s leaders.

“Intelligence at my disposal presently indicates that the presidency and some APC leaders are no longer comfortable with Prof. Yakubu’s headship of INEC  but they should bear it in mind that INEC is a constitutionally guaranteed independent body.

“Nigerians must be prepared to resist the imposition of Amina Zakari as the new chairman of INEC,” he stated.

On the readiness of Gen. Buhari to relinquish power if defeated, Frank expressed worry over the kind of statements credited to the president in a recent interview with CNN, where the former military ruler said ‘nobody can unseat me.’

“Gen. Buhari is yet to come to terms with democratic processes. His recent comment has shown that he is a sit tight leader at heart, doing everything possible to repeat what he did in 1983,” he said.

Comrade Frank, therefore, called on the international community to continue to keep an eye on the process leading to the elections, to avoid chaos in Africa’s most populous country.

He also urged Nigerian voters not to be discouraged but angrily use their PVCs on the 23rd of February to end the reign of impunity and lifelessness by APC-led administration.

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