National Confab, joker to cover up – Buhari

Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has described the proposed national conference as a joker by the Federal Government, aimed at confusing Nigerians and in the process, mix issues and cover up its failures.
Buhari, a former head of state, noted that the only panacea to stop election rigging in Nigeria is for the opposition parties to come together. “Once we come together, we will be strong enough to prevent election rigging. Otherwise, we will be picked off piecemeal,” he said.
Speaking at the special dinner organised by the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, he explained that though there is nothing wrong in calling for a conference to discuss a problem, noting, however, that “the problem is whether the conference has been conceived in good faith or not. We in APC think not.”
He stressed that APC does not believe in the conference, adding, “Amidst this ineptitude and general confusion, the government has thrown in a joker. Now there is nothing basically wrong in sitting down and talking about your problems. The snag is whether the conference has been conceived in good faith or not. We in APC think not. We suspect it is an attempt to muddle the waters, to befuddle the issues and to mask the failures of a clueless government,” he stressed.
Buhari said elections since 2003 have been massively rigged, adding: “One example should suffice. In 2007, presidential elections were conducted on plain sheets of paper, violating a fundamental requirement of the electoral Act, 2006.
“At the national collation venue after eleven states and Abuja results were sent, Professor Iwu left the venue and announced the ‘result’. No wonder three Supreme Court judges found that this was too much and ruled that the election be cancelled.”
Meanwhile, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State described his parley with the group as an indication that he was already on his way to the party.
Kwankwaso, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Sports, Ahmed Gara, said, “We are happy to be associated with APC. We are still consulting, concerning the invitation sent to us by the party to defect.
“In fact, our coming here shows that we are on our way to the APC. But as soon as we are done with the consultation, we would let the world know.”
In a remark, the former governor of Lagos State and the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described the seven aggrieved governors from the Peoples Democratic Party as beautiful brides, saying other progressives should join hands to prevent rigging of the 2015 elections.
The event, tagged ‘special dinner’, stretched into late Wednesday night and was attended by all the progressive governors, except Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

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