Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:09 am
Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta
The Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition party,All Progressive Congress,APC,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP as being nervous ahead of Saturday’s Presidential election in Nigeria.
He declared that the ruling party was crying wolf over the smart card reader,because its usage will not allow the party to stage their game of rigging.
He stated that the company which manufactured the cards has direct link with the APC Presidential candidate, General Muhammed Buhari and some leaders of the APC.
Speaking Thursday morning on Channels TV,’Sunrise Daily’, the Vice Presidential candidate of APC declared that the ruling PDP is nervous and they should rather concentrate on how to ensure that the elections go on smoothly as the ruling government, they are crying wolf over nothing.
According to him, “they are nervous over the use of the smart card reader. What is the meaning of all what they are saying. They are saying that we are in the possession of the master keys of the card readers,why crying foul now? They always come up with different allegation and accusation but upon all these,they have been failing and they will continue to fail.
“History has shown that they always show desperation towards the election day. They are fond of witch-hunting the opposition,the proofs are there for all to see. We all see what happened in Osun,where many leaders of the APC were arrested on the eve of the election, the Ekiti saga is there too,the video clip is an evidence for all.
“So, accusing us of being in possession of master keys is nothing but frivolous accusation. They have tried many ways and nothing good comes out of it for them. We don’t have master keys to any card reader”, Osinbajo declared.
Commenting on the level of preparedness in this election, the former Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State said, “it is only the INEC that can tell Nigerians how prepared they are. We are part of the game,we are have a stake in the election,they are the umpire,so they know best.
“What I can just say here is that the Commission must be ready to rectify some of the lapses in the last elections. Most of the lapses have to do with logistics. For materials not getting to where it should be on time,materials being diverted from where it should be taken to,all these must be looked into and dealt with accurately.
“We have no details on what they are going to do or plan to do,we can only know how they have prepared on the election day”,the APC Vice Presidential candidate noted.
Osnbajo however called on the federal government and the security agencies to allow level playing ground as they have the sole responsibility of ensuring protection of lives and property.
He urged Nigerians to be calm and avoid any act that can cause or create violence and unrest.
The Ikenne born legal icon turned politician warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP to be transparent and just in the conduct of the election,as they are in control of all the security apparatus.
“The ruling party should allow level playing ground for all and sundry. They have stake in this election because they are contesting in it. They control all the coercive security apparatus.
“In every part of the world,the responsibility of curtailing both pre and post election violence, rests solely on the federal government and they must be ready to ensure that lives and property of every Nigerian is protected. We pray that we never witness any bloodshed before,during and after the election”, he submitted.