Obasanjo to Buhari: Go back to Daura, your health has failed you

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Obasanjo to Buhari: Go back to Daura, your health has failed you

Mustapha Habeebah

The former president Obasanjo proposed to send President Muhammadu Buhari to Daura, his home town in Kastina if the 2019 election will go free and fair.

Obasanjo made his speech in Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta Ogun state on Sunday January 2019.

He said to the journalist: “Nigeria needs a man who is physically and mentally sound with an active minds and intellect to take drive her affairs forward

The formal ECOWAS chairman addresses the audience for a duration of about eight minutes and gave out a booklet to the journalists to go through, which is titled “Point for concern and action”.

Obasanjo, a formal president of Nigeria who rule between the year 1997-2007, advised Nigerians to be vigilant and safeguard their vote as well to defend democracy.

He also said “I am concerned as a democrat who believes that with the faithful and diligent practice of democracy, we can get over most of our political problems and move steadfastly and surefootedly on the course of stability, unity of purpose, socio-economic growth and progress for all.

“Democracy becomes a shame if elections are not carried out by people who are impartial and neutral umpires, but who show no integrity, acting with blatant partiality, duplicity and imbecility. For all democrats and those carrying out the process of elections, there must be red line that must not be crossed in tactics and practices of democracy.

“I personally have serious doubt about the present INEC’s integrity, impartiality and competence to conduct a fair, free and credible election. And if the INEC is willing, will the ruling party and government allow it? From what we saw and knew about Osun State gubernatorial election, what was conclusive was declared inconclusive despite all advice to the contrary. The unnecessary rerun, if viewed as a test-run for a larger general election, would lead people to expect incidences of deliberately contrived, broken or non-working voting machines or card readers, confusion of voters as to their voting stations, inadequate supply of voting materials to designated places, long line to discourage voters and turning blind eyes to favour the blue-eye political party of INEC because the Commission’s hands will be tied to enable hatchet men and women to perform their unwholesome assignment”

“The transmission and collation of results are subject to interference, manipulation and meddling. If the INEC’s favourite political party wins with all the above infractions, the result will be conclusively declared and if not, there will be a ‘rerun’, then the result of which is known before will be carried out. I know that I am not alone in being sceptical about the integrity of INEC and its ability to act creditably. But we are open to be convinced otherwise, “ he concluded.

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