The people of Nigeria will choose their next President in the upcoming election which is set to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The two main candidates contesting the election are All Progressive Party’s (APC) Mohammadu Buhari and People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar. Both the political parties are confident of making their government in the upcoming election.
The Peoples Democratic Party claims that Nigerians would not allow President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC to rig the general elections this time.
While addressing a press conference on Sunday, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said APC and the Buhari presidency are doing everything they can to subdue a free, fair and peaceful election. He claimed that Buhari’s party has even resorted to alleged constitutional breaches, violation of human rights, attacks on democratic institutions, siege electoral system, and open territorial borders to mercenaries.
“There is a ferocious attempt to take away our liberty as a people,” Ologbondiyan said, reported Vanguard. “There is total clampdown, arrest, and detention of dissenting voices; invasion of media houses, manhandling and illegal detention of journalists by state forces have become the order of the day; but all these will not break the Nigerian spirit.”
He said he is confident that Nigerians will vote out President Buhari in February 16 election and no amount of intimidation, clampdown and harassment can change that resolve.
On the other hand, Waziri Bulama, the Deputy General (Coordination) of the All Progressives Congress’ Presidential Campaign Council, has claimed that the soon-to-be-held election would not be influenced by money but by voters’ free will to choose their leaders based on trust, integrity, and performance in office.
Meanwhile, the European Union has urged Nigerians to go out en masse to vote for the candidates of their choice. The Union also urged the people of Nigeria not to sell their votes during the elections.