Nigerian elections will be free, fair – APC USA chapter tells US, EU countries

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*Condemns attack on party leaders at Ogun rally

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MEMBERS of the United States chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have assured the international community that the 2019 Nigerian elections would meet all global standards, since it is a litmus test for democracy in the country.

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They particularly assured the US that the February 16, 2019 presidential election and other elections would be transparent, as the “majority of Nigerians at home and abroad realise the polls constitute an integrity test for the world’s populous Black nation.”

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In a statement issued in New York, a copy of which was emailed to The State Online, the chairman of the chapter, Professor Adesegun Labinjo, however, cautioned western countries, especially the US on pre-empting the outcome of an election “that has not even been conducted.”

This is just as the APC-US chapter chairman described as totally embarrassing, the fracas that occurred at the APC presidential rally, held on Monday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, saying it was “another height of indiscipline, desperation and political intolerance by a few disgruntled politicians.”

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He said those behind the act of coward and insolence must be dealt with decisively based on party guidelines and the laws of the land.

On the election proper, Labinjo said that the news being circulated by the PDP of an alleged plan by the President and the APC “to rig the election was not only false, fake and baseless, but a clear indication that the PDP had become jittery because of imminent defeat and disgrace” at the polls.

“President Buhari is a man of high integrity, who is ready to abide with the outcome of the presidential election. The President has always supported free and fair elections and given the INEC all the tools necessary to conducting fair and credible elections based on extant laws,” Labinjo stressed.

He urged Nigerians to come out in large numbers to vote for the Buhari/Osinbajo and the APC that would guarantee a resounding victory for the party, observing that “this is the most important election in the history of Nigeria, as Nigerians have the choice to move forward with good governance predicated on honour and integrity, performance, and meeting the people’s needs.”

According to them, the trajectory of Buhari since he began his political exploits in 2003 amply shows his avowed commitment to the ethos of democracy, cardinal of which is free, fair and credible elections.

APC-US chairman commended Buhari for the improvements he has made in infrastructural development, progress in the agricultural sector and the stabilisation of the country’s economy.

Labinjo reassured that Buhari and the APC would sustain the tempo of the war on corruption and terrorism, as well as intensify efforts at putting the country on the path of greatness in the 21st century.

He urged Nigerians to remember the “atrocities committed against the country by the PDP for 16 years,” warning that “Nigeria could not afford to go back to that era of corruption, visionless and dishonourable leadership and governance of PDP of which Atiku was a major player.”

While asserting that the PDP candidate was the mastermind that sold major national establishments and corporations while in charge of privatisation programme as vice president, Labinjo said Atiku had, again, promised to “privatise the Nigerian national Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) because he has to enrich his friends.”

In the meantime, the APC-US chapter has expressed deep apology on behalf of the South-West leaders over the ugly incident at the APC presidential rally in Ogun State, urging the electorate to teach those desperate politicians responsible for the fracas some useful lessons because “it is not in the character of the Yoruba to denigrate revered institutions.

It warned that no responsible citizen or party man should see himself as a sacred cow and an emperor.

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