The newspaper review for Monday, April 16, report on allegations by Alhaji Tanko Yakassai that the 2015 polls were rigged, and President Buhari’s claims that his administration has not done badly when compared to what it met on ground among other stories.
Elder statesman and prominent politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has alleged that there was massive election fraud in the north in the 2015 general elections.
The Guardian reports that Yakassai made the allegation on Sunday, April 15, when he led the newly formed northern leaders stakeholders assembly to visit former military president, Gen Ibrahim Babangida at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, the Niger state capital.
The elder statesman stated that electronic voting was religiously observed in the southern part of the country but was not so observed in the north.
He said: “There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their places of residence, where they had registered, to their place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote, was rigging.
“Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to come out and vote on the day of election. So scaring people from coming out to vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form of rigging.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration has not done badly when compared to what it met on ground when he took over in 2015.
Vanguard reports that the president speaking in London on Sunday, April 15, while receiving the Buhari diaspora support organisation, said his administration was doing its best to recover some of the loot plundered by past administrations.
“We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused,” President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians. I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it," he said.
In a related news, opposition groups in the country have faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for saying he had not done badly, as well as blaming past leaders for the poor state of the economy.
The Punch reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Campaign for Democracy on Sunday, April 15, said it was wrong for Buhari to score his administration fairly.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, told the newspaper that it would be better for the president to listen to the cry of the electorate, who had been regretting voting the former army general into power in 2015.
He said: “Only a failure will set questions for himself and sit down to mark it. In this case, ask the President if he was the one who elected himself. He should ask those who voted for him, campaigned for him as well.
“If he has done well or he has not done badly as he claimed, let him point to a single project he initiated and completed in three years. Nigerians are tired of a leader like him.”
The Coalition for Nigeria Movement, supported by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, said Buhari should not forget to blame himself for Nigeria’s woes since he is also a former leader having served as a military head of state from 1983 to 1985.
To other news, the White House has announced that President Buhari will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington on April 30 to discuss issues on the fight against terrorism and economic ties between Nigeria and the United States, This Day reports.
Meanwhile, lawmakers backing President Buhari on the order of elections have told the Senate leadership that its ban could only stand, if similar groups in the Senate were banned. It was learnt that 20 governors are behind the group.
The Nation reports that the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) said it would ask Senate president Bukola Saraki to disband groups like the Like Minds.
A member of the group who spoke to the newspaper in confidence said the Parliamentary Support Group will not be disbanded.
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He said: “We are not going to disband it because the Senate did not form it for us. The freedom of association is guaranteed in our Constitution, the freedom of speech is also guaranteed. It is a matter of interest.
“If not for groups like this, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, won’t have emerged as our president. When we formed the Like Minds Group, we disrespected the directive of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect him as the Senate president.
“We have resolved to ask the Senate leadership to let us start by disbanding the Like Minds Group, the Northern Senators Forum and other groups in order to create a level-playing ground for all. Look, the Northern Senators Forum is even more discriminatory than PSG.”
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