Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of merging with the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies of rigging Saturday’s Rivers State legislative re-run poll.
The Governor made this known in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka on Sunday. He stated that Buhari-led Federal Government has sabotaged PDP’s free, fair and credible election legacy.
He lamented that the rerun elections in Rivers State was a sad reminder of the level of destruction already done to the country’s electoral process by the All Progressives Congress, APC- led Federal Government.
The statement reads: “Free, fair and credible election is dead in the country and that whatever victory that is recorded by any political party in the Rivers State election will be nothing but victory at gun-point.
“We thought that we have gone past this era of manipulated electoral process after the 2015 general elections, which brought the APC and President Buhari to power, but the Buhari’s administration has taken us back to the stone age by merging his party, APC with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police, military and other security agencies.
“It is sad that snatching of ballot boxes, hijacking of voting materials and electoral violence which had become a thing of the past have now become part of our electoral process.
“It is even more worrisome that despite that votes are counted openly at the polling units, electorates are no longer sure of the results of elections until announcement by INEC, which has become an organ of the APC.
“The order of the day in Nigeria now is disobedience to court orders, abuse of human rights, extra judicial killings and mass burial of innocent Nigerians killed by the Army.
“The reality we must all face is that should all these be allowed to continue, Nigeria faces imminent danger and the international community must not allow the country to get to that level of total collapse before it begins to call President Buhari and his APC to order.”