The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said that the plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is an indication that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is not interested in ensuring free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
Mr. Abubakar said this while speaking through the spokesperson for the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Umar Sani, at a press briefing in Lagos on Sunday.
He alleged that the president plans to extend Mr. Idris tenure in order to use him to manipulate the presidential elections in his favour.
The PDP presidential candidate further pointed out that Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018, despite the provisions in the bill to address election manipulations, was a manifestation of his intention to rig the polls.
The PDP Presidential Campaign Council spokesperson said, “Elections are usually manipulated at coalition centres and the amendments in the Electoral Bill is trying to prevent this but the President has refused to sign it.
“When former President Goodluck Jonathan was in office, he was pressurised to extend the service of the then IGP, MD Abubakar but he did not succumb. Election was also close then and he refused to succumb to the pressure to extend his service.
“We will not accept this now, we won’t accept anything less than what was done then. A precedent has been set, so we won’t accept anything less.”
Also speaking at the event the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan rejected the IGP’s service extension.
He said, “We reject the any extension of service for the IGP. We in PDP reject this. We know what the President is planning to do by the extension of service is to use the IG to perpetrate his rigging plan.
“We want to appeal to the IGP to insulate Nigeria Police from partisan politics. From the body language of Mr President, it is evident that he is not ready for free and fair elections in 2019.”
Mr. Ologbondiyan alleged that no administration in Nigeria has been found to be as corrupt as the Buhari administration, adding that Buhari’s men had stolen so much from the public treasury but he kept shielding his aides, fingered in corrupt practices, from prosecution.