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Buhari vs Atiku: PDP tells supporters what to do on Saturday

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its members and supporters across the country to cast their votes in the Feb. 16 presidential election and protect their votes against any form of rigging.

According to NAN, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, who is also the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, gave the directive at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan said the party was ready for the election and had fully mobilised over 40 million of its members and directed them to stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in all the polling centers across the country.

He said the directive was in the overall determination to vehemently unleash full-scale resistance against rigging plans in the presidential and national assembly election.

“Our members are hereby directed to get ready to arrive at their polling centers very early ready to vote and to use every legitimate means to protect themselves from any aggression, resist all rigging plans, all through the way, to the very end.

“The PDP is in full knowledge of all the illegal polling centers and we will unleash our strength against plans to use such places to award fictitious votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.

Ologbondiyan urged the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to note that in the 21st century “Nigerians will effectively monitor all the ballots,’’ real results from all the polling centers to the national collation.

“Our members, supporters and indeed all Nigerians are therefore directed to arrive their polling centers with their lunch packs, mats, water bottles, mobile phones, phone power banks and other necessary items for a long stay at the polling centers.

“All our supporters should vote and remain at the polling centers to monitor the process until the declaration of results,’’ he said.

Ologbondiyan added that the PDP, its agents, members and millions of Nigerians rallying behind Atiku were set for the poll to defeat Buhari.

“By all manifest indices from the six geo-political zones, 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the peoples candidate, Atiku, is already coasting to victory and not even the machinations by the APC can change this reality,’’ he said.

Ologbondiyan said the party acknowledged the fact that election is not about politics but about building the nation.

“For Nigerians, the election is a choice between democracy and dictatorship; between justice and injustice, between prosperity and poverty; unity and polarity; peace and bloodletting. `

“It is between freedom and enslavement; progress and stagnation; creation of jobs and job losses, respect for territorial integrity and invasion; a choice between an in-charge president and a president by proxy.

“It is also between a candidate that will accept responsibility and a candidate that always engage in blame game.

“It is a choice between a candidate that will turn our nation into a pariah state and a candidate that will make our nation a huge foreign investment destination for the benefit of the people.

“This is the reason Nigerians are willing to make any sacrifice in this election,’’ he said.

Ologbondiyan commended patriotic Nigerians who had resisted inducements as well as intimidation to allow for any manipulation of the process.

He said the party also noted the support of some well-meaning Nigerians who were stuck in the APC, but have been in touch with the PDP in the all-important quest to rescue the nation.

“Finally, the PDP charges Nigerians to continue to be on alert and await further directives, particularly regarding the relaying of real time information on the electoral process,’’ he said.

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I’m Head And Shoulders Above Atiku In Terms Of Educational Qualifications, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has more educational qualifications to have participated in the February 23, 2019, presidential election than Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was his closest rival in the election.

Buhari accused Abubakar of not possessing the statutory educational qualification to contest the recently concluded presidential election.

Buhari dared Atiku to produce his “educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates”, before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

The counter-accusation is in response to a petition filed by Atiku and the PDP before the tribunal. Atiku is asking the tribunal to declare him the true winner of the February 23 election and nullify the victory of Buhari.

The petitioners alleged, among others, that Buhari gave false information about his school certificate in the Form CF001, which he submitted to INEC. They also alleged that Buhari did not possess the secondary school certificate he laid claim to in the form.

However, in a reply filed on his behalf by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the President said he possessed more than the constitutionally required educational qualifications to contest the election.

He said it was Atiku who lacked the required educational qualification, and challenged him to contradict the assertion with proof.

Buhari said he was “head and shoulder above” Atiku in terms of educational qualifications, trainings and courses attended, both within and outside Nigeria.

He also said he surpassed Atiku in terms of acquisition of knowledge, certificates, laurels, medals and experience.

The reply read in part: “The respondent (Buhari) avers that he is far more qualified, both constitutionally and educationally, to contest and occupy the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria than the 1st petitioner; and that in terms of educational qualifications, training and courses attended, both within and outside Nigeria, he is head and shoulder above the 1st petitioner in terms of acquisition of knowledge, certificates, laurels, medals and experience.

“Respondent states further that it is the 1st petitioner who is not qualified to contest the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and challenges the educational credentials and certificates of the 1st petitioner.

“The 1st petitioner is hereby given notice to produce and tender his educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates.”

Buhari denied submitting false information to INEC in respect of his educational qualification.

He quoted his resume as reading, in part: “Elementary School Daura and Maid’adua – 1948 to 1952; Middle School, Katsina – 1953 to 1956; Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Daura Government College, Katsina) – 1956 to 1961.”

The reply added: “He (Buhari) did not, at any time, provide any false information in the Form CF001 submitted to the 1st respondent, either in 2014 or 2018. The affidavit of compliance to the 2019 Form CF001 was correct in every material particular.

“In filling Form CF001 in 2014 and 2019, the respondent was not oblivious of the constitutional qualifications stipulated in Section 131 of the Constitution and interpreted in Section 318 of the same Constitution.

“Petitioners themselves are also not oblivious of the fact that the respondent possesses far more than the constitutional threshold expected of a candidate contesting for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Buhari asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition, saying it contained more of pre-election issues, which the Court of Appeal, sitting as a tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain.

He argued that the petitioners’ claims were self-defeating, noting that while the petitioners claimed to have won the last presidential election and also won elections in many states in the South-South and the South-East regions of the country, they also urged the court to nullify the election and order a fresh presidential election.

Buhari argued that by virtue of Section 137 of the Electoral Act the, petitioners could not question the results of elections in states where they claimed to have won and still retain themselves as petitioners. He faulted the petitioners’ claim that the election was marred by corrupt practices and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

He added: “To the knowledge of the petitioners themselves, and acceptance of the 1st respondent in particular, as well as Nigerians generally, the respondent meets far more than the constitutional and educational threshold demanded of a candidate contesting for the office of President of Nigeria.”

Also addressed in the reply was the Trader Moni policy of the government which the petitioner had said was a vote-buying ploy.

Buhari denied the claim by arguing that the policy formed one of the many social intervention policies of the government, directed at alleviating the suffering of the masses.

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Shehu Sani reacts as APC claims Atiku not a Nigerian

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has reacted to the claim by the ruling All Progressives Congress that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is not a Nigerian.

The APC had yesterday filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

The Party, in the petition filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi faulted the candidacy of Atiku in the election, claiming that Atiku is a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian citizen.

APC, hence stated that the former Vice President petition against President Muhammadu Buhari, its own candidate, should be dismissed for lacking in merit.

Shehu Sani said the claims could reignite frosty issues between Nigeria and Cameroon.

He tweeted, “The ruling had Be cautious in your politics not to reignite Nigeria Cameroun frosty historical issues, so that they don’t renew claims to the old Sardauna province and then we will end up loosing a potion of our northern territory like the Bakassi.”

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Atiku reacts to APC’s claim at Election Tribunal that he’s not Nigerian

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2019 election, has dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting his citizenship as “idiotic”.

The former vice-president, who spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe, told Saturday Sun, that it was an insult to Nigerians and the office of Vice President which he occupied for eight years, for the APC to question his nationality.

“That is idiotic. It is idiotic. And it is ridiculous. Atiku Abubakar is a former Vice President of Nigeria.

“Are they telling us that a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not a Nigerian? That is disrespectful to Nigerians and for the office he has held, which other people will hold and will continue to hold.

“Everything must not be on the alter of politics,” Ibe said.

DAILY POST had reported that APC has filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, stating Atiku is not a Nigerian.

The party in its petition filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, faulted the candidacy of Atiku in the election, adding that he is a Cameroonian.

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