Former governor and self-styled chief servant of Niger State, Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, has mentioned that if the 2019 presidential election is allowed to be free and honest, the Peoples Democratic (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will defeat the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari.
Talking with journalists in Kaduna on the weekend, Aliyu Babangida mentioned not solely will the PDP defeat Buhari on the nationwide degree, it’ll additionally cruise to victory in his dwelling state, Niger.
He warned that the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) in addition to safety companies should all stay impartial in an effort to assure free and honest elections.
He mentioned not minding what has been taking place within the polity particularly the intimidation of members of the opposition , “what can be, can be.
“Consider me, not solely in my state, I consider that if the elections are free and honest, if there isn’t a rigging; if the safety companies aren’t used towards our , we’ll make it. We’ll win,” he mentioned.
Talking on the refusal of President Buhari to signal the amended Electoral Modification Act, Aliyu mentioned though the Nationwide Meeting can over experience the president’s veto, if such motion is able to creating issues within the polity, then “we are able to wait.
“If the Nationwide Meeting feels very strongly as Nigerians really feel, they need to have the ability to over experience the veto. But when it’ll create issues for the time being, we are able to wait. I perceive that a number of the circumstances the president gave had been that the electoral act ought to begin with the following election and never this specific one. However I feel that we’d like, below his watch, to be sure that we don’t have any downside with the 2019 election.
“In 2015, we perceive what occurred and everyone rallied spherical, despite the fact that the distinction within the votes was not a lot, given the inhabitants of voters within the nation.
“However then, I consider that after we used the cardboard readers, it was not a part of our regulation. Why not make it now correctly a part of the regulation?
“As a result of whether it is used and it’s not a part of the regulation, you don’t have any foundation to query regardless of the final result of the usage of the cardboard reader. There are transmission of votes and the counted votes. The guide transmission of the votes from the cardboard readers have been creating issues all alongside. Why don’t we go forward and proper it?
“But when the Electoral Act shouldn’t be signed by the president and never over ridden by the Nationwide Meeting, then it means we’ll use the previous regulation and we may have no foundation of asking anyone whether or not the cardboard reader has been used or not; you should have no foundation to ask about a number of the provisions that aren’t there within the previous regulation.
“We attraction to the president both to rethink his place or attraction to the Nationwide Meeting to take a look at it once more.
“This to me shouldn’t be a partisan challenge. That is a part of our democratic improvement that we should encourage. Nigerians should all rally spherical as we transfer alongside in entrenching democracy.”