Saturday, 2 February 2019

Kano APC Rally; PDP Accused Buhari,APC of Allowing Foreigner’s Participation

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*As Ribadu Says Action was simply Done In line with Ecowas Protocol

The People Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the governing party, All Progressive Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate President of allowing foreigners participation in Kano’s rally

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who made the call in a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, was reacting to the presence of  Issa Moussa and Zakiri Umar, governors of Zinder and Maradi states respectively in the Niger Republic at the Kano APC rally.

Ologbondiyan said the Presidency and the ruling party must explain the roles being played by Moussa and Umar in Nigeria’s political affairs. A chieftain of the ruling party, Nuhu Ribadu, however, defended the presence of the foreign officials at the APC Kano rally.
The PDP spokesman stated that apart from the two Nigerien governors, the ruling party allegedly smuggled a crowd of aliens from the Niger Republic to populate President Buhari’s campaign rally in Kano State after they could not get Nigerians to attend the rally.
He said it is worrisome that foreigners could come into the country to participate in the political process.
According to him, “President Buhari and the APC, in their desperation have compromised our territorial integrity as a nation and this portends grave danger to our national security and the sanctity of our electoral process.
“For a nation contending with insurgency and banditry, the involvement of mercenaries from neighbouring countries in the APC rally must be condemned by all and sundry. This is particularly against the backdrop of claims by President Buhari that killer herdsmen ravaging our nation are mercenaries who are infiltrating from the Sahel region.
“Nigerians can now see the unfolding of the plots by agents the APC to use mercenaries from neighbouring countries to precipitate a crisis with the aim of scuttling the 2019 general election, having realized that they cannot win in a free, fair and credible election.”
Ologbodiyan added that “already, there are apprehensions that miscreants who came from the Niger Republic to President Buhari’s rally are being offered accommodation in our country by the APC to unleash violence immediately it is clear that President Buhari is losing in the February 16 presidential election.
“On account of these, PDP demands an urgent and thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the presence of politicians and thugs from Niger Republic at the APC presidential rally in Kano on Thursday.”
He noted that the PDP now understand the weight of the submission by the National Security Adviser (NSA) Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongunu (rtd) , who stated recently that; “unscrupulous elements are already mobilising merchants of violence, including armed bandits and terrorists to orchestrate violence during the elections in several states of the federation”.
“Similarly, Nigerians can also decode the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, when he stated recently that; ‘there is also an international dimension to the evil plan. Some armed mercenaries from the Niger Republic have been contracted to attack top government functionaries, including state governors, across the North-west between now and the elections.”
But shedding more light about the accusation of alien participation in Kano rally, the Director of the presidential campaign council of All Progressive Congress (APC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said the reason behind the presence of two governors from the neighbouring Niger Republic during the presidential campaign rally held in Kano was in line with the Economic Community of West African states Protocol of free movement of persons within the ECOWAS sub-region

Ribadu, who was the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), faulted the notion held by members of the opposition political parties that the APC would rely on votes from Nigeriens and Chadians to sweep the polls.
According to him: “For your information, it is a free world and it is the constitutional right of everyone to be where he wants to be. You have no right to curtail anybody from doing what he wants to do. People from West Africa are free to move into Nigeria. We have a protocol or agreement that they don’t need a visa to come into this country.
“I know for sure that they don’t have the right to vote, but as a free West African who believes that someone has done extremely very well, and decided to identify himself with what he believes in, I don’t think there is anything wrong and I don’t think there is any crime committed. You cannot and you have no right as a Nigerian to stop them from exercising their fundamental human right to identify with their friends.

“Their presence may or may not have any impact on the re-election, but they are entitled to it. We have to guarantee their freedom because their presence is within the law and we don’t have the right to stop them.”

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