Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has cautioned Nigerians not to be swayed by the call from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary presidential elections in some parts of the country where elections didn’t hold, describing the exercise as a mere charade.
Frank said the umpire, having realised its gaffe in handling the just concluded presidential polls, which he allege was marred by unprecedented widespread disenfranchisement by way of violence, deliberate voter suppression, intimidation and threats of INECs Recs by security forces, “is trying everything possible to save it’s image from the gravity of the available evidences”.
In a statement Timi Frank released on Saturday in Abuja, said having realised the determination of the opposition in proceeding to the courts for redress, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, “is suddenly desperate in conducting supplementary presidential elections at a time when he had earlier refused after his attention was sought by the PDP agent at the national collation centre.
“This sudden rigmarole in retracing his step can at best be described as ‘medicine after death’ having already issues a certificate of return to the ‘winner’ of the February 23rd elections.”
The political activist urged Nigerians to ask Prof. Yakubu some salient questions like “whose purpose will a supplementary elections serve, when a certificate of return has been duly issued?
“Is the total population of the areas where the supplementary elections will hold greater than the margin of 3,928,869 illegally awarded the ruling party as recorded by INEC?
“Why the sudden haste in organising a supplementary presidential election, when INEC and it’s election observers have adjudge the elections to be free, fair and credible.
“Which observers will INEC depend on to supervise this supplementary elections?
“Why should Nigerians trust the INEC chairman with their safety and fairness when they’re already aware of the daylight robbery and connivance with the ruling party last Saturday?
He said INEC must be reminded that Nigerians may not be as foolish and gullible as assumed by the ruling party and it’s collaborators in the commission.
According to Frank, the decision of the PDP candidate to proceed to the tribunal for redress of his stolen mandate is within his rights and as such, any talk of a supplementary elections may be dead on arrival, as the INEC chairman must accept culpability and responsibilities for his actions and inactions when the time of reckoning beckons.