We Did Not Rig The 2015 Election In The North– APC Cries

By Ikenga Chronicles April 17, 2018

We Did Not Rig The 2015 Election In The North– APC Cries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the claim by elder statesman and politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, that the 2015 general election was massively rigged in the north.

Yakassai disclosed the rigging to journalists when he led the newly formed Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly to meet with former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, the Niger State capital, at the weekend. He cited instances of manipulation in the elections, and said that while the card readers were religiously used in the southern part of the country, they were not so deployed in the north.

“There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their places of residence, where they had registered, to their place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote, was rigging.Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to come out and vote on the day of election, so scaring people from coming out to vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form of rigging,” he told reporters.

But in a reaction on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling APC, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, dismissed Yakassai’s claim.

He hinged his argument on the conclusion reached by international observers and other monitoring agencies that the 2015 election was considered the freest, fairest and most credible election so far conducted in the country.

“If Senator Ibrahim Mantu could come out to confess how he helped the erstwhile ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rig election in the past, the onus is on Yakassai to back up his claim with substantial evidence,” Abdullahi added that Yakassai’s position must have been based on his local experience during the election.

“However, the fact available both to the internal monitoring agencies and those from outside is that the last general election was the best in the history of Nigeria,” the APC spokesman said.

The Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Segun Oni faulted the claim that the poll was rigged to usher President Muhammadu Buhari into power.

Oni, who spoke to reporters after picking his N5.5 million worth expression of interest form to vie for the July 14 Ekiti governorship poll, maintained that the outcome of the 2015 presidential poll was a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the electorate.

“It is not true. The card reader cannot rig election. Human beings can rig elections, not card readers. I must say that when people are looking for ways to justify their inadequacies, they will look for failures, they will look for faults. The truth is that, the people of Nigeria voted overwhelmingly for Buhari.”