…Laments human rights abuse, disdain to rule of law
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has written an open letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nation, Antonio Guterres, asking the international organization to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from addressing the 73rd general assembly.
Frank attributed his reason to what he called “anti-democratic posture, disdain for the rule of law and very dismal human rights records” under President Buhari.
In an open letter he addressed and sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations through its UN’s Abuja office on Friday, said: “Despite the current democratic dispensation in the country, Buhari has foisted dictatorial and authoritarian rule on the people who looked up to him as a messiah and elected him president to ameliorate their sufferings.”
On the fundamental human rights, Comrade Frank said President Buhari has vehemently refused to release Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and Col. Sambo Dasuki in complete disregard to lawful judicial pronouncements admitting them to bail.
“Another grievous anti-people policy of the Buhari administration was the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and declaring it a terrorist organization while declining to similarly declare the murderous and dangerous Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist organization.”
On what he described as lacked of commitment to democracy, Frank said: “His refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act not only show his lack of commitment to electoral reforms but his phobia for the use of simple technological devices like the Card Reader meant to guarantee the credibility of elections.
“The attempt to stop the use of card readers during the 2019 general elections is a grand plot by Buhari to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Recent elections and bye-elections and the rigging of same in favour of the APC show that Buhari actively encourages vote buying and is prepared to use the same crude, immoral and illegal methods to rig the 2019 general elections in order to secure his re-election and sustain the APC’s hold on power.”
On the fight against corruption, Frank said the President has turned his anti-corruption fight into an instrument of personal vendetta against his political enemies and opposition figures.
“Twice has the agents of state invaded the National Assembly in a bid to forcefully remove the presiding officers of one of the Chambers. His failure to put any culprit to trial over the treasonable breach of the constitution underscores his complicity in the various episodes.
“Permit me to say that the African Union (AU) recently made a blunder by naming Buhari as the AU Anti-Corruption Champion during its 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government Summit, held in Addis Ababa in February.”
OOn the security of lives and property, the former APC Chieftain said: “Insecurity still pervades the land despite humongous security spending high level of propaganda celebrating the “technical” defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists by security forces.
“Despite chest thumping boasts by the Buhari administration to have degraded the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, the region is still in dire security straits while other forms of criminality like armed robbery, kidnapping and killings pervades the land. It is noteworthy to say that Fulani herdsmen have continued to maim and kill Nigerians while laying waste to their sources of livelihood in the North Central, North East and North West States.
“In view of the above facts therefore, tell me what qualifies Buhari to be listed among those to address an assembly of respectable world leaders who will be converging at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly to share success stories in economic rejuvenation and espousing their big and bold ideas for the future?
“Note that this letter is to inform you of the displeasure of Nigerians about this development and that I have commenced mobilization to rally Nigerians in diaspora who will join me at your headquarters to protest against Buhari’s scheduled address at the session.”
Disrupt Election process at the expense of your life,Buhari tells Political Thugs
….. orders military to be ruthless on ballot box snatchers
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned political thugs to behave themselves or face the dare consequences.The president made this known in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari said : I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance, I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military to identify hotspots , flash points, they should be prepared to move. They too would have made their own arrangement as possible and resources provided as much as the country can afford it.
He added that anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it (elections) , maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take. I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.
He also stated that “We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected, let them vote whoever they want across the party. I’m not afraid … As you said, I have gone round all the 36 states and Abuja. I think I have gotten enough support across the country.
“I am going to warn anybody who thinks, he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he would do it at the expense of his own life. Baba has spoken” he warned categorically.
Nabena to US, UK, EU: Focus on Brexit, election interference probe, not Nigeria
The reported interference on Nigeria’s forthcoming General Elections by some western countries led by the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and countries of the European Union (EU) has been strongly condemned by Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nabena made the condemnations while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday
According to tge APC chieftain, the western nations have enough enough already on their hands, therefore their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they facing them.
“In all elections conducted in the country, we have always welcomed local and foreign monitors and observers. In our view, this is a best practice and geared to ensure the transparency of our elections.
“But comments on our election processes coming from some western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions have been downright meddlesome and tantamount to interference.
“Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such actions by these western countries negate the principles of international law which outlaws interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation by another country.
“While the electioneering process might not be perfect as seen with the last-minute postponement of the General Elections, we must all work together to make it better. Statements and actions by these western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions that erodes confidence in the elections is inexcusable and strongly condemned. As a country, we will always find local solutions to our local challenges whenever they arise.
“The US, UK and EU have enough already on their hands. Their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they face.” Nabena stated.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain, also condemned the last-minute postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He however urged INEC to correct the lapses which led to the postponement to ensure hitch-free rescheduled elections on Saturday.
Timi Frank exposes plot to bomb INEC headquarters in Abuja
…Urges security beef up
The erstwhile Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APCl has raised an alarm over an alleged plot to destabilise the rescheduled polls after the postponement of the Presidential Elections last Saturday, including bombing of Abuja headquarters of the INEC.
According to Frank, the deadly plan is being orchestrated by those who are bent on destroying democracy in Nigeria at all cost, even if it amounts to total breakdown of law and order, or the loss of lives in achieving their agenda.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, Frank said the plot which was revealed by an anonymous top lead also exposed the modus for which “the agents of darkness intend to operate.
“Top among the planners includes three serving Ministers from the Niger Delta, Two former Governors and three business men all within the ruling party and benefiting from its largesse.
“Following the postponement of the February 16th polls and realizing that the plan for staggered elections may have been busted, these desperate political crooks are it again devising yet another grand plan to carry out this evil plot against the Nigerian people.
Nigerians may recall the mysterious arson on INEC facilities and building all around the country happening simulteanously days before the elections.
“Starting off with the burning of the INEC office in Quan-Pam, Plateau state, to the burning of Card Readers in Anambra State, to the burning of INEC materials in 5 buses at Akwa Ibom and other INEC facilities nationwide, it will be safe therefore to note that these events are not a coincidence, but rather a grand plot to disenfranchise the opposition strongholds which is currently underway.
“Having realized that the grand scheme of rigging the polls may have been busted by the INEC chairman giving to the postponement of the elections, these desperadoes are bent on doing everything possible in achieving thier aim, including the trauncating of our hard earned democracy for selfish gains.
“We are also aware that the services of some Niger Delta militants is being sorted after in carrying out this dastardly act, even at a time when the region is being faced with its worst times under the current administration.
“These militants are being promised the backing of the military authorities as well as being rewarded handsomely should they succeed in carrying out these attacks.
“I am therefore urging all true sons of the Niger delta to desist forthwith from allowing themselves to be used by this agents of darkness, as no true son of the region will volunteer for such doom, irrespective of any pecuniary gains.
“I would like to thank our foreign partners (EU, UK, US, Ecowas Monitoring group) on the electoral roles already carried out in Nigeria and also urge the US, UK and the EU to continue with its good works and to further beam it’s satellite on Nigeria in the wake of this grave revelation at a time when the country prepares for its General Elections.
“The desperation by this individuals for their paymasters is as deadly as treason committed on the Nigerian nation. Furthermore if this plot is true, then we may be faced with the likely scenario of the “body bags” as suggested by a chieftain of the ruling party on all who may be present at the INEC office including the foreign observers.”
Frank urged the security agencies to beef up security and surveillance around the INEC Headquarters and pleaded with the INEC chairman to remain resolute to delivering his trust and mandate to the Nigerian people on the 23rd of February.
“We are aware of the happenings in INEC including the role to be played by Amina Zakari who is now in charge of Collation and RACTEC unit under the IT Department. Let it be known that any move to frustrate the wishes of Nigerians will be resisted by all peace loving Nigerians.”
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