Secondus asks INEC to disqualify Buhari over mercenaries at APC Kano rally

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing foreigners to participate in its presidential rally.

This comes as Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has finally laid to rest speculation that he is working for President Buhari’s reelection in the forthcoming poll.

The National Chairman was responding to the presence of two governors, a traditional ruler and other supporters from Niger Republic at the APC rally in Kano State.

They spoke on Friday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, at the PDP Presidential Campaign Rally.

According to Secondus, the development portends grave danger not only for national security but also the sanctity of the nation’s electoral process.

“Let me warn INEC that what we witnessed yesterday (Thursday) at Buhari’s rally in Kano is the worst that we have seen in this country, where mercenaries like governors and traditional rulers from other countries came in their numbers from Niger, Chad with money to influence elections in Nigeria. All the papers have reported it. Now we ask that INEC should disqualify Buhari for bringing mercenaries to influence elections in Nigeria,” he said.

He urged the people to come out enmasse and vote for the party’s candidates at the presidential, National and State Assembly elections, a call stressed by former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim.

Secondus also presented the party’s flag to its governorship candidate and governor of the state, Dave Umahi.

Earlier, Umahi called on those he described as mischief makers to deliver their states rather than spread rumours that he is not supporting the PDP.

He assured that the state would deliver 100 percent to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Last week, the governor was accused of mobilising people to attend the APC rally in Ebonyi State in support of Buhari.

But speaking at the PDP rally on Friday, the governor said: “Let me ask mischief makers, those who are doubting the authenticity of Ebonyi State as the headquarters of PDP in the country, they should go and deliver their state. They should leave us alone. This is the highest mobilisation of PDP so far throughout the nation. So, let it not be ‘monkey dey work, bamboo dey work’. We are PDP. Mischief makers should go and deliver their states. Our state is intact. And it is intact for PDP”.

Also speaking, Atiku and Senate President Bukola Saraki urged them to vote for PDP in the February 16 and March 2 elections, assuring that they would not be marginalized.



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