If you Are Really Interested In The Conduct Of Free, Fair and credible Elections
The Presidential candidate of the PDP
and former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar, has
called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law,
the Electoral Act amendment which is on his desk, if he is
really interested in the conduct of free, fair and credible
Speaking at the inauguration of his Presidential Campaign
Council on Thursday in Abuja, Atiku said that signing the
Electoral Act Amendment into law was necessary because
elections were governed by laws and that good laws were
required to ensure credible elections.
“Such laws constrain the behaviour of all who are involved
in the electoral process, including the candidates and their
supporters, security agents and the electoral umpire (in this
case the INEC)”, Atiku said.
Atiku predicted that the 2019 presidential election would be
tough based on the desperate moves of the APC government
to cling to power at all costs.
“We are facing an APC government that is desperate to
cling to power at all costs, which means that this will be a
tough Presidential election”, he said.
The former Vice President said it would take a focused
campaign that would not take anything for granted and a
campaign of eternal vigilance for victory to be guaranteed.
Atiku said that he was not surprised that the APC
government was running a campaign of “personal attacks
and innuendo”, which he said, was caused by the fact that
party had failed to keep its promises to the Nigerian
“Having little to point to as its achievements in nearly four
years in office it wants to distract the attention of our people
by choosing personal attacks over issues.
“A government that has been in power for nearly its full term
should be campaigning on its achievements, its record,
rather than personal attacks and fresh promises it obviously
will not keep.
“Nigerians know that the APC government has failed
woefully. We have to continue to remind our people of that
and also tell them what we will do differently to get Nigeria
working again”, he said.
The Waziri Adamawa said that he had made it clear right
from the beginning that his 2019 Presidential campaign
would be focused on issues rather than personal attacks
and therefore enjoined members of the Council to ensure
that issued-based campaign was maintained.
He called on the leadership of the party to ensure that
enlightened, resourceful and well-trained men and women
were hired as agents at the polling stations and collation
Atiku said that a campaign structure that would ensure
uniformity in its operations had been put in place but added
that states could set up structures that would address local
“However there will be no parallel structures so we can
avoid confusion in our activities and our messaging. We
must run a disciplined campaign that stays on message all
the time”, Atiku said.
He called on the Campaign Council to establish a functional
and effective Situation Room to monitor the campaigns and
the electoral process itself until the last vote is counted and
the results announced.
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