We will not interfere in supplementary elections-Presidency

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Presidency says Nigeria’s leader, President Muhmamadu Buhari will not interfere to favour the candidates of the All Progressives Congress APC in Saturday’s supplementary election in some states of the country.

In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu cautioned the APC candidates that President Buhari would not manipulate the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in their favour.

Shehu also advised political leaders making inflammatory statements capable of inciting the citizenry to violence ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections to desist from such acts immediately.

He noted that: “INEC was fully in charge of electoral matters in the country, not President Buhari, who would neither interfere with the process nor change results in favour of the governing APC.

“Some party leaders expected that the President would abuse his office by usurping the powers of INEC to turn the table in their favour. He will do no such thing.”

He further said: “The Presidency also rejects unfair and ridiculous criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s apparent disinterest in the upcoming elections in some states by party members who wrongfully assume that the President will abuse power by changing results to favour them.

“Past Presidents of Nigeria were known to interfere in inconclusive elections, and that is why party members appear to be upset that the same thing is not happening now, but President Buhari is a different kind of leader. He swore to defend the constitution and will not veer off from that.

“The constitution of Nigeria gives the President no such powers. It is unfair and ridiculous to criticise President Buhari for not going against the constitution.

“Party members in states where there will be supplementary elections then need to be reminded that they need to work hard to earn their people’s votes, rather than expect President Buhari to manipulate INEC in their favour.”

Shehu maintained that President Buhari would not play to the wishes of anyone on the supplementary elections, insisting that the APC must work hard to earn votes.