The Presidency has reaffirmed President Muhammdu Buhari’s comment that snatching ballot boxes during the coming elections is tantamount to losing one’s life.
Speaking to State House correspondents on Monday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, recalled some previous elections in certain parts of the country, during which innocent citizens exercising their voting power lost their lives while ballot boxes were hijacked by armed thugs.
“Snatching ballot boxes often entails putting the lives of innocent Nigerians at risk. About 10 years ago, evidence was brought before an election tribunal from one of the states in North Central of the gruesome killing of 26 prospective voters by ballot box snatchers. Their modus operandi is well known. They storm election venues in commando style, overwhelm the law-enforcement agents and seize ballot boxes leaving a trail of death and injury,” Shehu said.
According to him, “Anyone who dares to put the lives of innocent citizens at risk in their desperation to rig elections, must be prepared for the possibility of losing their own lives because our security agents will certainly not stand by, clap for them and watch them kill and maim.”
He also said that the President had prioritised the safety and security of Nigerians when he made the comment and should be praised rather than being vindicated for issuing a strong warning to those planning to carry out such illegal act.
Shehu Garba shaded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for attacking the president due to the warning he gave on snatching ballot boxes.
“This sounds like members of the opposition, specifically the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who have perfected plans to rig the elections and to snatch ballot boxes. They can tell that President Buhari is not prepared to tolerate their antics this time around, and they are afraid. They have shown their intent,”
The presidential spokesperson also clarified that no one with clear conscience and intentions should not be scared of the President’s comment.
“Let’s just have free and fair elections and no one need worry about anything,”
Culled from Linda Ikeji’s Blog