Recent accusations from the All Progressive Congress (APC) that the visit of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki to Russia earlier in the year was to perfect plans to hack the 2019 elections show immense fear the APC has about the inevitability of an Atiku victory in a free and fair election come 2019. The APC having failed on its own campaign promises to promote Nigeria’s national interests through foreign policy objectives, now consider a visit that was expressly to promote bilateral cooperation between both countries to fight against human trafficking and terrorism as having had a more sinister motive.
It is a well known fact that the APC is the party which has shown that it has no interest in a credible, free and fair elections; they have shown this during the Osun and Ekiti elections that were characterized by widespread voter intimidation and harassment and President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amendment to the Electoral Bill that would guarantee the use of card readers and reduce the incidence of underage voting and the use of uncollected Personal Voter’s Cards (PVC) to vote in the upcoming elections.
It appears that the party is growing apprehensive at the growing support for the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi, and are hell bent on scaring Nigerians with ridiculous claims that the integrity of INEC will be put at risk by allowing the use of card readers and the immediate transmission of results on election day. Nigerians must stand their ground and demand that the President and his party commit credible, free and fair elections, especially since the electoral umpire INEC has released a statement assuring Nigerians that it has upgraded its security measures, to forestall any security breach. This is simply another cry in the wilderness from the APC, to justify their plans to rig the 2019 election.