Buhari condemns SSS raid on APC data centre

A former Head of State and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned Saturday’s raid on the data centre of the party in Lagos by operatives of the State Security Service, SSS.

In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Buhari said with Saturday’s raid, the presidency under President Goodluck Jonathan “seems intent on demonstrating for all to see that they have mastered the art of how to push a nation into chaos within the shortest time possible”.

Mr. Buhari said the early morning attack is a display in a growing chain of abuse and violation of the constitution and political rights of the people.

“It is a reckless act that must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” he said.

The spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, had said in a statement that the security outfit raided the centre because it was used for the cloning of Permanent Voters card, PVC.

Mr. Buhari however maintained that the centre just houses internal party membership information and was also an important vehicle to disseminate information to APC members.

“Yet, for conducting functions necessary and proper for a political party operating within the democratic context, the centre became a hated target of the Jonathan government and the PDP,” he said.

He also said the government cannot claim ignorance, because the security operatives that conducted the raid must have been ordered from Abuja.

“They would not have done what they did unless given the mandate from their high bosses in Abuja.

“Attempting to defend the indefensible, they fabricate a story that the attack was necessary because criminal activity was taking place at the Centre. These statements are such plain lies,” Mr. Buhari said.

The former Head of State also stated that actions, such as the raid of the data centre indicate that the government is not interested in protecting democracy and allowing free choice by Nigerians.

“From these attacks, this government is signaling to the Nigerian people they have no intention of holding anything resembling free and fair elections.

“Their goal is not to create a level electoral playing field. Their goal is to level the opposition into the dust through the abuse of federal power,” he said.

He said seeing imminent failure if free and fair elections are held, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party will go to any lengths to hold on to office.

“The crumbling PDP government is trying its utmost to stop the irresistible force of the people’s desire for progressive change that will establish peace and security as well as bring widely-shared prosperity for all.

“The PDP knows the APC is the vehicle to bring this change; thus the PDP is doing all it can to damage that vehicle.

“The APC is an idea whose time has come because we are committed to govern Nigeria as if it were a great nation and not to destroy it as if it were a conquered country.”

Mr. Buhari added that despite these attempts by the PDP, the APC will continue to insist on the conduct of a free and fair election.

He said the party will surely abide by the result of any election, if they are held in a free, fair manner, adding however that “we will not stand idly and watch this government dismantle even the small, incomplete fragments of democracy this nation has struggled so hard and long to build”.

“To allow this demolition will be more than a tragedy for the APC. It will separate the nation from its future greatness. We shall use all legal and constitutional means – from the courts, to the press, to protests – to alert the people and world to the shadow this government seeks to cast over the nation, and we shall use these same means to disperse that shadow so that free and fair elections can be had,” Buhari said.


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  • MushinSpeaks

    Democracy in danger; nation at siege; Presidency is clueless! Stop pondering your opponent Mr President; concentrate on building values and institutions.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      You can only give what you have. An valueless admin has nothing to give.

  • Isi Agwo

    The news should read: A former military dictator and …, Buhari, said he was shocked APC was caught out this time in its digital rigging plans. “We will try harder next time with the support of the IT unit of our friends operating around the Chad, Cameroon and Borno State borders,” he vowed.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Senselessness has never been better defined by this intervention from Isi Agwo

  • blackdove

    Those who do not learn from history tend to repeat it. Thank you my General!

  • Sword of Damocles

    Sai Mai Gaskiya, I see sir, that you have “your fingers on all the buttons”. Read your statement carefully, and i see that you understand the importance of doing EVERYTHING according to the Rule of Law(as you properly note that the importance of following this cannon, is that it will do much to enhance the ultimate greatness of our Fatherland)

    For me personally, i hold these words dear to my heart:

    “We shall use all legal and constitutional means – from the courts, to the press, to protests – to alert the people and world to the shadow this government seeks to cast over the nation, and we shall use these same means to disperse that shadow so that free and fair elections can be had,” – GMB, Nov 25th, 2014

  • Bisi Mayomikun

    JONATHAN WILL BE IMPEACHED IF…..

    If no evidence of voter card cloning or a related forgery is uncovered by SSS,
    President Jonathan must be impeached, unless the SSS can produce evidence
    from the APC’s computer hard drives seized of an attempt to hack the INEC servers,
    so as to falsify 2015 election results electronically, as alleged by SSS.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Plus the evidence must be verified by a consortium of global computer experts, lest these desperadoes manipulate things just to nail the APC.

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