Based on the upcoming supplementary governorship election, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has laid an accusation against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of reacting based on the past records of their party when they ruled.
BMO described PDP as a party whose trademark is that of working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a federal parastatal and not an independent body so as to manipulate the electoral process in the upcoming supplementary election on the 23rd of March 2019
BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that PDP is used to having a sitting President manipulate the electoral process using the federal might, especially after winning Presidential elections.
We have a party which has rigging and electoral manipulation ingrained in its DNA, and Presidents who never had second thoughts about foisting PDP candidates on Nigerians at re-run elections.
Back then, it was unthinkable for the then ruling party to lose close elections after winning the Presidential election. That was when the words ‘bandwagon effect’ took root in the polity.
So it is not a total surprise that a party whose Presidential candidate and his key campaign coordinators lost their immediate wards during the February 23 elections, would dismiss President Buhari’s assurances of a level-playing field for all parties involved in the forthcoming supplementary gubernatorial elections.
The fact that PDP-era Presidents did manipulate the process to favour their party does not necessarily mean that this President would take that path of infamy.
BMO also pointed out that the opposition party had never stopped alledging President Buhari of influencing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) even when the Commission had consistently shown that it was truly independent.
PDP had been unrelenting in making all sorts of allegations against President Buhari but it conveniently forgot how INEC stopped the ruling party from presenting any candidate in Rivers state, and that it took a last-minute court ruling to prevent a similar scenario in Zamfara State.
These are unprecedented actions by the election management body which could never have happened in the PDP era where the Commission acted more like a federal government parastatal.
We at BMO have also seen how a number of decisions taken by the current INEC leadership have favoured the opposition, but PDP wants Nigerians to believe that President Buhari has the Commission at his beck and call.
The group also commented that the decision of Atiku to challenge the outcome of the election in court is within his rights.