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Published On: Mon, Jan 12th, 2015

Jonathan plans to postpone February polls, APC alleges

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Buhari and Jonathan

  • Why Buhari will defeat him, by party scribe

By Umar Muhammad Puma, Okechukwu Okaforadi & Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

he All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that the raids by the Department of State Services, DSS, on Jan. 7th 2015 on its data centre was part of the ongoing plan by the Jonathan led administration to postpone next month’s general elections.

Addressing journalists in Lagos yesterday, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said having seen the handwriting on the wall vis-a-vis the growing rejection of the PDP by Nigerians, the Jonathan administration has gone into a panic mode, while embarking on a plan to postpone the elections.

He said the thinking at the DSS, which is working in cahoots with the PDP, is to raise doubts about the integrity of the voter’s register to be used for the forthcoming polls, and subsequently force a postponement of the elections since the existing register cannot be used for the polls.

“Unfortunately for DSS and the PDP, this thinking was based on a wrong premise, as we will show shortly, and it has backfired. Before you say our claim is outlandish, remember that some prominent Nigerians have publicly called for the postponement of the election – which can only benefit the Jonathan Administration and delay its impending Waterloo at the polls. Place the calls side by side with the apparently doctored outcome of the DSS investigations and the timing of the report’s release, and you will understand where they are coming from,” he said.

The party spokesman said that the DSS’s findings cannot stand a serious scrutiny by independent investigators, because the DSS worked backwards, from answer to question, in an effort to reach a pre-determined conclusion

“The allegation that the APC planned to hack into INEC’s voters’ registration Data Base is false. The fact that the DSS made the allegation at all shows that the agency does not understand the concept of hacking, which is pathetic for a primary intelligence agency of its stature.

“We are not aware that INEC has made a complaint of anyone or group trying to hack into its system. The DSS ‘findings’ are baseless as INEC’S database is a reflection of the registered members with the Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs). Please note that at the time of the DSS’ raids, the PVCs had already been printed. Therefore, of what value would it be to hack into the system and input more names?”

He said that it is practically not possible for the APC to hack into the INEC Data Base on the fact that the INEC’s database is not online, and to prevent virus intrusion, there is no Internet service at the APC Data Centre that was raided. Therefore it is not possible to hack into INEC’s database.

“It is clear that the DSS purchased a hard drive and downloaded the information themselves from the Internet. After all, the DSS, by virtue of its duties, should be the hacking experts, hence hacking tutorials will be part of their staff induction training,” he said.

According to him, “the overall motive of the raid of our offices and the so-called findings is to give the impression that the INEC voter’s register has been corrupted hence cannot be used for next month’s elections. Now, a more specific question: Why did the DSS break into the APC Data Centre at the time it did?”

On the alleged registration of armed personnel, the party wondered why any member of the armed forces and paramilitary organizations should be daft as to join a political party using a passport photograph of himself or herself in uniform

He wondered why a party like APC will register a baby as a member. “Our application edits date of birth, hence will not allow the registration of under-aged persons. The DSS should tell the world where

On the alleged confession by workers arrested from the data centre, Mohammed said the DSS shackled the hands and legs of those arrested and blindfolded them while they were being taken to Abuja; and remained in chains even at the dark detention cell where they were made to sleep on the bare floor for the 10 days they were detained illegally.

Meanwhile, the APC has expressed confidence that the party’s Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, in the February polls, given the leadership and security crisis bedeviling the country.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, who concluded that the ruling party has already lost the 2015 Presidential contests to the opposition party, said this explains why President Jonathan has resorted to using foul languages at campaign rallies.

He said there is now general demand for change of guards in the country, especially as the security and critical sectors of the nation’s economy are already collapsed, adding “North, East, South and West, everybody is clamouring for change”.

Speaking further, Buni said the demand for change is necessitated by the fact that everybody has realized that there is systemic decay, considering the obvious lapses in all the areas of governance.

“When you take infrastructure, security, education, everything has collapsed. Today you cannot go to worship places without being screened, you cannot go to the market without being screened, and you can’t go to the shopping mall without being screened”, he said.

While emphasizing that no meaningful achievement can be made in an unsecured environment, the opposition party’s scribe said the businesses in the crisis ridden states have crumbled because all the markets and schools are closed due to insecurity.

At this juncture, he said that General Buhari would redeem the ugly situation prevailing in the country, citing his achievements as Head of State and the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund.

According to him, “Buhari was a Head of State in this country and he has successfully prosecuted war against indiscipline which we all know. In other words, I can say that Buhari is tested and trusted because even after he was Head of State, he was also Petroleum Trust Fund Chairman (PTF), and during his tenure, we know what he did in transforming our roads, hospitals, schools and other infrastructure which some places are still enjoying”.

“It is not about Buhari, it is about Nigerians who have faith, trust and hope in a person like him. Nigerians look up to him as someone who can salvage the situation because each one of us knows he is a selfless person and that gave him an edge over every other person.

“When you look at the failures of the PDP government and the track record of General Muhammadu Buhari, these are two incomparable people. Jonathan and Buhari are two incomparable people. That is why the clamour is becoming high”, he said.

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