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Presidency alleges moves to ‘destroy’ INEC, courts, police

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The Presidency has accused some Nigerians not happy with the outcome of the February 23 presidential election of trying to destroy the ‘images’ of some national institutions.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in Daura, Katsina State, shortly after he voted at polling unit 003 Kofar Baru III, Gidan Niyam, Daura, Katsina State, yesterday.

The presidential aide explained that individuals, who, he said, were also determined to capture power at all costs, had targeted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and courts for destruction.

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But he said the Presidency was not perturbed by the legal action taken by the defeated presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the presidential election because local and foreign observers had adjudged the election as fair and credible.

His words: “I think that in this country, we have people who are determined to take power at all cost and as you can see from the commencement of electioneering they have targeted national institutions – the court, the police, INEC and whoever has a role in the process – they have targeted those institutions for destruction.

“We are not at all surprised that we have people who are out there to undermine this process.

“We are happy with the fact that all the domestic observers, nearly 90 per cent have said `this (the election) is okay’, and not to talk of the foreign observers.

“The foreign observers have said it’s okay.

“So, I think that it is very clear and Nigerians should understand there are people who don’t believe in democracy, who don’t believe in the democratic process and they are bent on sabotaging it, to capture power at all costs.”

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