President Muhammadu Buhari wouldn’t have stepped down if he had lost the last presidential election to his PDP rival Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
By inviting the military in the electoral process it showed that Buhari is a military man in civilian clothing, a first republic Aviation Minister Chief Mbazulike Amaechi made this statement while accessing the just concluded 2019 general elections.
Nigerien service members react to contact during Exercise Flintlock 2017 in Diffa, Niger, Mar. 3, 2017. Flintlock bolsters partnerships between African, European and North American Special Operations Forces which increases their ability to work together in response to crises. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zayid Ballesteros)
Supporters of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) are reportedly shocked by the stament made by the elderstatesman.
The former minister also stated that President Buhari committed a treasonable offence by deploying the military during the general election, saying the military had no business with Nigeria’s electoral processes.
How Buhari would have held onto power if he had lost to Atiku
Before the presidential election, some of the critics of Buhari and the opposition had maintained that the APC-led government by Buhari would have held onto power if he had lost the to candidate of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Amaechi maintained that the military would have also assisted Buhari to sit tight in power, saying: “The present dictatorship in the country wants to have the control of the government of those [oil producing]states after taking over the management of the oil and gas in those states.
There was no election in some places
According to the former minister, elections in some part of Nigeria couldn’t be described as elections as political thugs and military intimidated the electorates, depriving them of their civic rights.
“From what I saw, there was no election in some places; and two, before the election, any sensible man should have known what will be the result.
Arm twisting the judiciary
Chief Amaechi also criticised what transpired in the judiciary before the commencement of the general elections, saying the intimidation was deliberately carried out to threaten the judiciary.
He said: “You should have known that it was all in preparation for the election. So, even if Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had been declared winner, are you sure the incumbent would have agreed to step down?
“Did you not hear what the Chief of Army Staff said? That they have every duty to obey the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of Nigeria?
“Supposing the president was declared defeated, how are sure that the military will not back him to continue to stay in the office or the judiciary will not support him, when the judiciary has been so intimidated and terrorised and reorganised.
“So how else do you want me to assess the election? In your own assessment, did your vote count? Tell me, did your count?
There is no justice in Nigeria
Chief Amaechi who specifically pointed out what transpired in some states in the South-South said, “It shows the motive and the purpose of those presently in control of power in Nigeria. There can be no peaceful environment in Nigeria until justice is done, Daily Post quoted him as saying. Nigerian troops are meant to defend Nigeria against external aggression, and “not to defend Nigeria against internal insurrection. Internal security is supposed to be taken care of by the Nigeria Police.”
Antecedent of Buhari
He said he wasn’t surprised by the action of Buhari since he was responsible for overthrowing a democratically elected civilian government in 1983.
“The man ruling the country now overthrew a democratic government in 1983 and took over the government until another military man overthrew him and took over the government.
“Then, he won election in 2015 and returned as a democratically elected President of the country; but what is the difference?
“The only difference is the dress he wears. In 1983, he wore khaki uniform; from 2015 to date he has been wearing agbada, but it is the same man inside the agbada and khaki.
“There is no change at all, but they want to subjugate Nigeria by military force. How long can they continue in this regard? I do not know, but it does not make for peace, it does not make for tranquility and development.
Recalled that President Buhari was declared the winner of the Feabruary 23 presidential election by polling 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 11,262,978 votes.
Buhari won with a margin of 3,928,869 votes, but Atiku had claimed that he won the election. He went further to release his own figure. The case is at the tribunal