What Atiku said in response to Buhari’s ballot box snatching threat
The former vice president also argued that the military had no role to play in the conduct of elections, saying that the army is constitutionally responsible for protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
Atiku said these on Tuesday during the PDP NEC meeting in Abuja, while responding to President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat on Monday that “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 will do it at the expense of his own life.”
Speaking further, Atiku, however, believes that the president’s order is a result of his desperation to remain in power.
He, then, advised Buhari that his ambition should not be worth the blood of any Nigerian, while also reminding the military that their duty remains to protect the nation.
Atiku said, “You will recall that during the Peace Accord process, I stated in clear terms, quoting from former president Jonathan Goodluck, that my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. That man is a great man.
“Today I call on President Buhari to make that same commitment to the people whose mandate he holds, while also urging all security agencies to uphold our Constitution with an understanding that voting is a civil activity and civic responsibility.
“The Nigerian military is constitutionally responsible for protecting our territorial integrity and national borders and has no role to play in the conduct of elections.”
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