The All Progressive Congress’ Presidential Campaign Organization has urged Nigerians to take note of a statement posted on Facebook by an official of the Presidency saying the Peoples Democratic Party-led government at the centre will rather hand over power to the military than to Muhammadu Buhari in the event that the APC candidate wins the February 14 presidential election.
A statement signed by Garba Shehu, Directorate of Media & Publicity in the campaign organization on Saturday, said “The Blackberry Messenger (BBM) statement by Deji Adeyanju, an official in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, said ‘Buhari can never be President of Nigeria. Quote me any day any time. Instead of Buhari to become President of Nigeria, Nigeria would rather break. A military coup will even be allowed than for Buhari to become the president of a democratic Nigeria quote me any day, any time’.
“This statement is still to be denied or retracted by the official who handles Dr Doyin Okupe’s Twitter handle.
“Unless it is convincingly rebutted, the statement above, by the ruling party appears to clearly be uninterested in free, fair and conclusive elections, but rather to engender crisis and chaos if it happens that the APC candidate, General Buhari wins the elections.
“This revelation in a public statement via the BBM would appear to support the PDP’s avowed determination to rule for 60 years, a boast echoed repeatedly by some former national chairmen of the party. The boast however did not reckon with the emergence of the All Progressives Congress and the determination with which the party mobilized and stuck together to confront the PDP that over time had prided itself with invisibility.
“We of the APC hereby call on all Nigerians to be vigilant and ensure that no one is allowed to truncate the 2015 elections. It is also important that all Nigerians allow peace to reign and insist on free and fair polls to assist the process of peaceful and democratic transition”.
The statement expressed the confidence of the APC in the men and women of our patriotic Armed Forces and the Police, including other security agencies to discharge their obligations without fear or favour and ensure that the 2015 polls is not only free and fair but also credible leading to the installation of a popular-elected government that will improve the well-being of Nigerians.