Jonathan’s govt not ready for free, fair elections – Buhari


One of the presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, said on Tuesday that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan cannot pretend that it knew nothing about the invasion of the All Progressive Congress data centre in Lagos.

He said the clampdown on the centre was a foretaste of things to come in 2015, adding that the government had shown that it would not conduct “anything resembling free and fair elections.”

The former head of state said the desperation of the Peoples Democratic Party is growing by the hour.

Buhari, who made his position known in a statement in Abuja through his aide, Sabi’u Tunde, asked the Presidency to stop “defending the indefensible,” and expressed regrets that the Federal Government was pushing the nation into chaos.

“Almost every day, the Jonathan presidency seems intent on demonstrating for all to see that they have mastered the art of how to push a nation into chaos within the shortest time possible.

“The early morning attack by security operatives on the APC data centre in Lagos on Saturday November 22nd is one of such display in a growing chain of abuse and violation of the constitution and political rights of the people. It is a reckless act that must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

“The APC data centre housed internal party membership information and was also an important vehicle to disseminate information to APC members.

“Yet, for conducting functions necessary and proper for a political party operating within the democratic context, the Centre became a hated target of the Jonathan government and the PDP.”

He indicted the administration of being behind the attack on the APC data centre, adding that the Jonathan government cannot claim ignorance.

“The security operatives conducting this illegal raid must have been ordered from Abuja. They would not have done what they did unless given the mandate from their high bosses in Abuja.

“Attempting to defend the indefensible, they fabricate a story that the attack was necessary because criminal activity was taking place at the Centre. These statements are such plain lies.

“These acts are nothing but a foretaste of things to come. From these attacks, this government is signaling to the Nigerian people they have no intention of holding anything resembling free and fair elections.

“Their goal is not to create a level electoral playing field. Their goal is to level the opposition into the dust through the abuse of federal power.”

The APC presidential aspirant accused the PDP of becoming desperate to win the 2015 poll at all cost.

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