The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are violating the constitution and the Electoral Act 2010, by using state resources and apparatuses for the 2019 presidential campaign.
Mr. Abubakar said this in a statement on Thursday by his media adviser, Paul Ibe.
He pointed out that their action is contrary to the claims of Buhari and the APC of not abusing state resources.
Abubakar said, “We wish to remind President Buhari and the APC that the use of state videos released by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is illegal under the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
“The media is awash with advertisements with the hashtag #PMBDIDIT and signed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and referencing so-called achievements of the APC administration in the states of Abia, Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Delta and Kano, among others. These are without doubt 2019 presidential campaign materials produced by the Ministry of Information and Culture using state resources and apparatuses to benefit President Buhari.”
The PDP candidate demanded that INEC should issue a ‘cease and desist order’ to the Ministry of Information and Culture and the broadcast channels running the materials.
Atiku said, “We also insist that INEC register the funds spent on the materials as part of the APC’s total N1bn campaign spend limit.
“INEC is alert to this danger and had warned the ruling party to refrain from such conduct. Now that Buhari and the party have clearly flouted the law, we urge that INEC sanctions them accordingly.”