The Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, has said the former head of state and leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Muhammadu Buhari, was misquoted by the media.
Mr. Buhari was quoted to have said that there will be bloodshed in 2015 if the elections are rigged.
According to Mr. El-Rufai, a chieftain of the CPC, what Mr. Buhari had said to a select group of journalists in Kaduna in Hausa Language was widely misunderstood.
However, he added that the message that Mr. Buhari conveyed was very clear, “election rigging leads to negative reactions of the citizens, and the next elections should not resemble the fraud of 2011,” he said.
The former FCT Minister also said Mr. Buhari is not the first person to sound that note of warning.
“The Alaafin of Oyo sent the same warning to the PDP last week: ‘if you rig elections, violence follows’,” he added.
Mr. El-Rufai also said the country’s history of elections rigging and its aftermath is well documented for all discerning citizens.
“[Buhari] made a conditional statement which is supported by past history of what happens when elections are rigged,” he said adding that the proper way for the government to respond is to assure Nigerians of ‘perfect elections’.
“In 1965 during ‘wetie’ period in the Western Region, in 1983 when the National Party Nigeria attempted to steal elections in the old Ondo State, in 1993 after the annulment of the June 12 elections and in 2011 after the massive rigging in at least 14 states of the federation, citizens revolted against the theft of their votes,” Mr. El-rufai said.
He also said that if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its rigging partners, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Judiciary do not intend to rig the 2015 elections, they should not be worried about Mr. Buhari’s statement.
The former FCT minister said every genuine democrat should be concerned about what to expect in 2015.
“Massive subsidy fraud and stealing to build the financial war chest for 2015, removal of judges who would not do their bidding, tenure extension plans, sponsoring violence in parts of the country to justify militarized occupation and easy rigging,” are pointers to the fact that the government plans to rig the elections in 2015.
He also said that the President and his party are rattled by the statements of Mr. Buhari simply because they are guilty.
“Jonathan and PDP apparatchiks are scared of GMB’s warning. The guilty are afraid”.
Still hitting hard at the government, Mr. El Rufai said “a federal government that cannot pay salaries of its staff on time, unable to pay FAAC allocations to States and LGAs in full and on time and unable to provide us basic security is quick in panicking and responding whenever GMB speaks”.
“Let them explain the N3 trillion subsidy fraud, they are silent…pensions fraud…and now fertilizer fraud is next…we are all waiting”.