2023: Buhari has no confidence in Tinubu – Atiku’s spokesman

Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential Campaign Council, Charles Aniagwu, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has no confidence in the ability of the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to turn things around for the country.

Aniagwu insinuated that the president was not in tacit support of Tinubu’s ambition, hence, he was not joining the campaign train of the APC candidate.

Aniagwu who is the Commissioner for Information in Delta State, made the declaration during a television programme.

According to him, “What Buhari saw during the primaries of the APC, the governors failed to see it and it was quite clear the president was not comfortable handing over to Tinubu given his level of integrity.

“Buhari may not have done so well for the nation given where we are now, but there are certain things you cannot take away from him.

“He is a man reputed not to be a thief and he is a man reputed to be a great patriot but for the fact that his administration did not perform up to expectations is largely because of his ability which he has also acknowledged that he did his best which obviously was not good enough.

“So when you saw him in Adamawa asking the electorate to vote candidates with integrity and he failed to mention the name of the party’s presidential candidate, it clearly shows that the man does not wish that Tinubu wins the presidency.

“Buhari is not campaigning for Tinubu because he knows that he does not have what it takes to turn things around for this country,” he added.

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On the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), Aniagwu stated that the ruling APC were scared of the technological innovation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), noting that the device would expose the party to ridicule following their abysmal performance in governance since 2015.

He said PDP was very much disposed to the use of BVAS and can never be part of those planning to bring down INEC chairman “because we believe that he is doing his best to improve on our electoral process.

“The APC candidate and their members were not comfortable with the use of BVAS and you will recall when the National Assembly was debating on the Electronic Transfer of Result, the Deputy President of the Senate who is governorship candidate of the APC in Delta, Ovie Omo-Agege and many others vehemently opposed that particular innovation and that is to tell you that the APC are not too comfortable with the BVAS.

“BVAS is going to be a game changer and as a party we are very confident that we will win through normal voting and we are hopeful that the votes of Nigerians will count.

“The INEC chairman and his team have done so well, they may have their pitfalls as human beings but one can rate them far above average on the reforms they have brought to bear on our electoral system.

“And to a large extent I want to believe that they have been quite neutral in the electoral process we are having at the moment,” he said.

Reacting to the alarm raised by INEC that the 2023 general elections might be postponed as a result of the insecurity challenges across the country, Aniagwu said the purpose was to get the authorities to strengthen the security agencies, and “I am very happy that the president did give an assurance that we need to have confidence in our security agencies.

“The president also assured he would see through a very credible electoral process and so far, from his comments and actions, I want to believe that he is very much committed to that process.

“You saw what happened in Osun, it’s adjudged to be a very credible electoral process. That could be one of the credits that you could ascribe to the president. No matter the many other pitfalls we have seen in this administration, in terms of improvements in the electoral process, Muhammadu Buhari could be adjudged to have done quite well in his desire to leave behind a credible electoral process.

“And so if INEC is raising that issue, it is not misplaced because there are a lot of security threats in a number of places. You’ve seen some of the INEC offices burnt down in some places in the Southeast and then a few other attempts in the Southwest.

“We do hope that the security agencies will beef up security around these institutions and police all the length and breadth of this country for the purpose of getting Nigerians to have the confidence to turn out on Election Day and for INEC to also have the confidence to deploy both sensitive and non-sensitive materials on Election Day. So it’s not out of place that INEC raised the alarm.”

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