The Peoples Democratic Party has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from participating in the February 16 election over his decision to bring foreigners to the country to influence the outcome of the election.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, made the call on Friday evening while speaking at the presidential campaign rally of his party in Enugu, South-East Nigeria.
“What we witnessed in Kano yesterday at the APC rally. President Buhari brought in mercenaries – two governors from Niger Republic – with arms, with money, with people to come and vote to influence our election in Nigeria,” Mr Secondus said.
“I hereby … as PDP chairman, call on on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, to disqualify President Buhari for bringing mercenaries from abroad to influence our election.”
Prince Secondus, however, warned the electoral umpire not to contemplate rigging the election of the South East by reducing the votes of the zone, stressing that the South East had a Presidential running-mate of the PDP and they cannot afford to tamper with their votes.
Addressing the crowd of supporters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, the Presidential candidate, Atiku, called on the Enugu State people to vote for him and his party noting that this is an opportunity for the zone, stressing that if he is elected “South East will have Vice President and the First Lady.”
Issa Moussa of Zinder Region and Zakiri Umar of Maradi had visited Kano to campaign for Mr Buhari’s reelection. They dressed in ‘babanriga,’ a traditional attire, designed with APC campaign ornaments.
Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a spokesperson for Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano, shared pictures his principal took with the two foreign governors as they prepared to receive Mr Buhari in Kano earlier on Thursday. This has attracted criticism from different quarters.