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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

2019: Ozekhome blasts Buhari over declaration, warns APC against rigging

A constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will sent be packing during the 2019 election.

Ozekhome noted that it was the President's constitutional right to seek re-election, just as it is "the duty of Nigerians to decide his fate at the polls."

In a statement titled, 'President Buhari's Declaration for a Second Term: Matters Arising', the lawyer reviewed Buhari's performances in economy, security and the fight against corruption and concluded that the President had failed to fulfil his campaign promises.

"Nigerians are hungrier today than they were three years ago. They have been rendered destitute and impecunious.

"Many have resorted to going to Lybia and attempting to cross the seas to European countries, to escape from hunger and squalour, thereby dying in the process. More Nigerians have taken to prostitution across European nations more than ever before.

"Many of them are gang-raped, sodomised, enslaved and bestialised. The youth have taken up arms, committing more heinous crimes, such as robberies and kidnap, more than ever in the history of this country.

"Rather, Nigerians have been treated to ludicrous media trial. In desperation, the government has now released names of opposition members whom they have charged to court, but cannot prove their cases against as 'looters', without any court conviction or judicial pronouncement to that effect.

"This is in sync with the government's now infamous disrespect and disregard for due process, rule of law, independence of the judiciary and disobedience to court orders. Impunity reigns supreme.

"In appointments, cronyism, nepotism, tribalism, clannishness and favouritism triumph over merit and competence," he said.

Ozekhome stated that the government fights corruption amongst opposition and critics with "pesticides, herbicides and insecticides," it caresses and deodorises its own corrupt officials, ministers, serving military generals and kitchen cabinet members with sweet smelling "sasarabia cologne."

"I, therefore, welcome Buhari's declaration. Let me remind him that he had sent packing a sitting president, GEJ, in 2015. In Sierra Leone, a sitting president Samura Kamarathe, the All People's Congress (APC), (note the similarity of names), has been sent packing by the opposition contestant, Julius Bio. So, the rumours that the APC/PMB's government is banking on massive rigging of the 2019 election to win is merely illusory. It cannot work," Mr Ozekhome added.

"Nigerians are more enlightened today than ever before. They will use their PVCs to vote wisely, notwithstanding any acts of intimidation or coercion. 2019 is just 10 months away.

"I will keep my fingers crossed to see how it all plays out. The months ahead will be very interesting and quite testing," he added.


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