The All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled government has rejected all alleged attempts by some political parties to intimidate certain officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the build-up to the general election billed to hold in February.
Spokesperson of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, said this against the backdrop of controversies surrounding the appointment of a national commissioner of INEC, Mrs Amina Zakari, as the chairman of the 2019 Presidential election collation centre.
Keyamo described as a storm in a teacup allegations by the opposition PDP, that the appointment of Zakari would influence the outcome of the Presidential election.
“The tactics of the PDP has been to repeat a lie one million times in order to force it on Nigerians.
“We wish to make the point that PDP has no right to dictate to the nation how we should run our elections and our Democracy because we are equal stakeholders.
“PDP has no right to impose on the nation what its own sense of fairness is and its own subjective interpretation of what fair play is,” Keyamo said.
He stated further that the PDP is only scared of its imminent defeat and as such resorted to blackmail and intimidation of electoral officials.
“I think what is going on is that PDP is at their wit’s end, they are staring defeat in the face, they don’t know where to run to so they have resorted to scaremongering.”
But the PDP in its reaction said it has a strong tradition of going through elections and therefore not jittery.
The party according to one of its spokesperson Osita Chidoka said it is only insisting on the removal of Amina Zakari to protect the integrity and credibility of the elections and the electoral body itself.
It would be recalled that the PDP had alleged that Amina Zakari was a relative of President Muhammadu Buhari, an allegation that has been refuted with proofs by the Presidency and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
By Say Ramoni, Lagos