The federal government has said that the opposition is planning to discredit and scuttle the upcoming general elections.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this during a press conference with journalists in Abuja on Monday.
He accused the opposition of not campaigning to win because they know they cannot win a free, fair and peaceful election but are busy planning how to discredit the upcoming elections.
Alhaji Mohammed said they are pushing for a rejection of the results if the President wins re-election by sending a delegation to some Western capitals, including London, Brussels and Washington, DC, to push the concocted line that the Buhari Administration has perfected the plan to rig the polls.
The minister said the opposition is also predicting carnage in the event of the President’s victory adding that “already, they have started flying the rigging kite domestically. They have been engaging in incendiary rhetoric and in making outlandish claims using several fronts, including the nebulous Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which, by the way, is nothing more than a reincarnated Association for Better Nigeria (ABN). Of course, you all know the role that the ABN played in the failed 1993 political transition process”.
Alhaji Mohammed noted that they have also targeted two institutions that are most critical to the success of the election for an attack, including the “Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police and are using every malleable and malicious personality to make wild allegations against INEC”.
Alhaji Mohammed, therefore, called on Nigerians to be vigilant as the final countdown to the election has started adding that “we must not allow desperate politicians to crash our democracy on the altar of their personal – and sometimes inordinate – ambition”.
“Their strategy is simple: Discredit the election even before it is held, and continue during and after the polls with a view to convincing the West – which they believe they have won to their side using lobbyist-propelled propaganda – that the election is not credible” he added.
The minister stressed that the opposition is going through all that because they know they cannot win the polls.
“The handwriting in on the wall for all discerning people to see. While President Buhari has received warm and genuine reception and adulation from huge crowds everywhere he has gone to campaign, their candidate has been exposed to apathetic and thinning crowds! Their numbers just don’t add up”.
He therefore reassured that federal government is committed to ensuring a free, fair and violence-free election adding that his achievements in the three areas of fighting corruption, revamping the economy and fighting insecurity, will speak for him at the polls.
“He did not rig his way into office and has no need to rig now that he is in office. We are glad that local and international observers are already fully mobilized to monitor the election” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed therefore called on Nigerians to be vigilant as the final countdown to the election has started adding that “we must not allow desperate politicians to crash our democracy on the altar of their personal – and sometimes inordinate – ambition”.
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