By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU – PRESIDENTIAL candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s support group, “Young Friends of Atiku”, YFOA, Wednesday condemned the issuance of the killing order on ballot box snatchers by president Buhari, noting that the president would have signed the Electoral Bill if he wanted to eliminate all forms of thuggery.
While addressing journalists at Gladys Hotel, Enugu, the Director General of the group, Barr. Silas Joseph said that the order given by the president is one that has no objective mode of application or enforcement, thereby leaving the army with a subjective discretion of determining what to describe as an act of box snatching.
Lamenting the refusal of President Buhari to sign electoral bill 2018 into law, stated that the case of electoral brigandage and thuggery should have been completely eliminated if the electoral bill was not snubbed.
Barr. Joseph regretted that the army will simply use the order to muscle the agents of opposition parties into silence and cowardice for the fear of being killed by the state agents.
“Seeing that the opposition parties have remained resolute to act in accordance to law at all times, the president has now resorted I to terrorizing his own citizens with state violence on election day” the group said.
While condemning all acts of violence, including electoral violence, he stated that recent history clearly shows that ballot box snatching is no longer the main threat to a credible election in Nigeria as vote buying has since supplanted thuggery.
Describing the decision as uncivilized and unprecedented, he called for apprehension and persecution of those involved in electoral malpractice in accordance with appropriate laws and not killed as ordered by the president.
“Election is not war and the military has no role. The live of every Nigerian citizen is as important as that of the president”
“If the state agents are so determined to serve an individual president at the expense of the nation, then, they must be ready to kill as many Nigerians as possible to keep Buhari in office. But Nigerians are resolved to sack Buhari and no amount of death threats can deter us”.
He also condemned in strong terms the alleged plans to postponed elections in Borno, Adamawa and Kaduna in a bid to give the ruling APC enough time to carry out its alleged rigging plan whenever elections are held in those three states.
“We will come out to vote on the election day and we will not be afraid of defending our franchise” the group stated.
He stated that Nigerians are now in tune with Democratic norms as we know what to expect from our elected leaders and also understand the need to vote out a non preforming government.