The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians will judge him by his actions, not words.
Mr. Atiku said this on Tuesday in a statement as he reacted to the President’s New Year message, in which he said the 2019 election should not be a do-or-die affair.
He told Mr. Buhari that it is not enough for him to condemn do-or-die politics if he cannot control the activities of overzealous aides, including the country’s security chiefs, especially the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, whose activities lately gives him away as a partisan player in negation of his oath of office.
Mr. Abubakar urged Buhari to go beyond lip service by making sure security chiefs are politically neutral during the election.
According to him, their loyalty to the constitution doesn’t include putting themselves at the service of the ruling party at the expense of free and fair elections.
The PDP presidential candidate stated that it is not enough for Buhari to preach peace when he cannot publicly condemn the violent behaviour of his supporters who “harass, molest and publicly humiliate his opponents and their supporters.”
He reminded the President of the example of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who, in 2015, kept his word that the 2015 elections was not being worth the blood of any Nigerian.
Jonathan lived by his noble words and statesmanship when he conceded defeat without hesitation, thereby contributing to peaceful conduct of the election, Abubakar said.