President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation Spokesman for the 2019 election, Festus Keyamo and Senator Shehu Sani have reacted to the call by Alhaji Buba Galadima that President Buhari and other All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders to swear with Holy Book if they did not rig election, especially in favour of President Buhari.
Galadima made the call in an interview granted to The Sun newspaper.
An excerpt of the interview read:
“The election was a national embarrassment. It was far from being free and fair. Not only that, it was clear to everybody that INEC, the military, and the police all colluded to work for APC,” Galadima said.
“The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Alhaji Atiku Abubakar won the presidential election but INEC chose to declare President Muhammadu Buhari the winner. The whole world knows that Atiku defeated Buhari hands down but the election was heavily rigged in Buhari’s favour.
“I boldly challenge Buhari and other APC leaders to swear with the Holy Quran, and the Bible if they were sure that Buhari won that election. If they are sure that Buhari defeated Atiku, Buhari, APC leaders should take up my challenge. I’m throwing this challenge openly, I’m making it public, and I’m waiting for any of them who is bold and sure of himself to take up this challenge.
“INEC was only independent in name during the elections as it surrendered its mandate to the whims and caprices of Buhari and APC. With the way it conducted the election, INEC will enter the Guinness Book of Records as having organised the worst election in Nigeria’s history.”
Galadima further said the conduct of the electoral process is proof that Buhari is not fighting corruption.
He said rigging of elections amounts to corruption, and “APC is a nest of corrupt elements”.
“What all these clearly show again is that Buhari is not fighting corruption. Corruption is not only about stealing money. There are other things that you do that amounts to corruption. Rigging election is another form of corruption,” he said.
“All APC leaders including Buhari, their hands are not clean over these elections. Then if you know that somebody is corrupt and you protect such a person that means that you are also corrupt.”
Asked if he was willing to work with the president in the interest of the country, Galadima responded in the negative.
“I can never work with Buhari. I can never work with him or any of these APC people including, Oshiomhole. How can I work with Buhari? Is Nigeria making progress under him? No. Nigeria is going back to the stone age under Buhari,” he said.
“He doesn’t know anything about governance. He has become part of Nigeria’s problem and the solution is to vote him out of power with his party. These people are impostors.”
In his reaction, Keyamo reminded Galadima that APC won landslide even in his own polling unit.
“Sir, before the President swears on the Qur’an, just a quick reminder of the result in your polling unit in Yobe State: APC -750; PDP-2. Therefore, you need to explain your own personal irrelevance in your base in order to have the temerity to call for a ‘swearing ceremony’,” Keyamo said.
On his part, Sani said nobody in the ruling party would dare take up Galadima’s challenge.
He said “Nobody in the ruling party can take up Galadima’s challenge and swear by the Holy Book that he never bought votes or rig election to win.They are now waiting to take the oath of office which is not different from taking Quaker Oats.”
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