*says like Pontius Pilate, Professor Mahmood should wash hands off case by telling truth at tribunal
By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
The SA to former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Youth & Support Groups, Amb Aliyu Bin Abbas has warned the Independent National Electoral Co mission (INEC) that it should not threaten Nigeria’s democracy which came through sacrifices made in spite of dangers that were staring the agitators in the face at that time.
He expressed this in an open letter addressed to the INEC Chairy, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, which was circulated online on Thursday April 25, 2019.
“Sir, I would like to start by reminding you that one singular path to cast into the abyss the democracy of any nation is to aid and abet rigging during elections. It’s a recognized fact that once democracy is undermined, it would take just a little time before it collapses.
“Kindly be reminded that Nigeria’s democracy did not come free of cost. It took the tears, sweat, and the blood of many Nigerians who matched to the streets to protest against the autocratic and tyrannical regimes of the military.
“Many people paid dearly with their lives, while those who escaped death became debilitated for the remainder of their lives. These uncelebrated men and women gave in everything hoping that the next generation would enjoy the dividends of a new Nigeria,” he said.
Also contained in the letter titled, ‘AN OPEN LETTER TO THE INEC CHAIRMAN, PROF YAKUBU MAHMOUD A REMINDER’ he said that sustenance of democracy begins with electing qualified candidates who will not undermine the rule of law.
“Sir, you will agree with me that the sustainability of democracy begins with electing qualified candidates who will not undermine the constitution, rubbish the rule of law and separation of power, disobey court orders, and drag down all other institutions of democracy.
“The system can only be sustained if the masses are allowed to decide who lead them devoid of any manipulation.
“The 2019 presidential election organized under your leadership is the WORST in the entire history of the human race to say the least.
“It is the most unfortunate thing that has ever happened to Nigeria. HURIWA described it as “a crime which is worse than that of Evans the Kidnapper.” Chief Femi Falana SAN called it a “total mess.” He said.
Ambassador Abbas pointed out that despite overwhelming evidence, which shows that INEC under his leadership rigged the February’s election in favour of the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, he went ahead and declared a cooked and fraudulent result, returning the candidate of the APC as the president-elect.
“The attitude displayed by your commission (INEC) has added credence to the widely held believe that INEC under your leadership has been politicized and will never for any reason be trusted by the good people of Nigeria,” he stated.
He further told Professor Mwhmood that there is nothing as disgraceful and more irritating than the shameless denial of his commission in respect of the 2019 presidential election results in the INEC server.
“The result in the server (PDP ~ 18,356,732; APC ~ 16,741,430) shows that Atiku Abubakar of the PDP is the true and genuine winner of the 23rd February 2019 presidential election.
“But INEC announcing a concocted and a fraudulent result proves that the commission deliberately worked in cohort with Buhari and the APC to rig out Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.
“Kindly note that under your leadership, INEC has made it very clear (in both videos & print) that the commission will electronically transmit result of the February 23rd presidential election across all the polling units in the country into a central server to enhance transparency and credibility of the process.
“Your shameless denial of the existence of this result in the INEC server is an embarrassment to this nation.
“The commission also said that result collated manually must be in synchrony with the electronically collated results for the outcome of the presidential election to be credible and acceptable. However, this, the commission did not follow.
“We are nevertheless happy that many Presiding Officer who carried out the e~collation of the presidential election results are coming out to speak, sharing vital information to Nigerians and are ready to stand as credible witnesses in the case.
“To this end, we want to warn that those (INEC staff) who chose to stand as witness against the electoral daylight robbery aided by the commission you head should not be hounded.
“Their safety and security is in the hands of INEC. Should anything untoward happen to any of them, Nigerians will hold you and the commission responsible.
“We want to also warn that any attempt by the commission to temper with or incinerate any document that will be useful at the tribunal will not be tolerated by Nigerians. INEC under your leadership must know that the whole world is watching to see the end of the daylight robbery carried out by the APC with your tacit support. Enough is enough!” He sounded.
He advised the INEC Chairman to remember that history will not be kind to him if he doesn’t retrace his steps.
” In conclusion, Sir, I want you to know that posterity will continue to judge you harshly for the crime you have perpetrated against this country. You will be remembered for the worst election you’ve organized in Nigeria.
“Until death, your sense of right and wrong, if at all you have any, will continue to judge you harshly until you stand on the side of truth at the presidential election petition tribunal.
“You will always be remembered by over 18.3 million Nigerians as a man who subverted due process because of political sentiment and gains. However, Sir,. you still have a chance to make amends.
” Like Pontius Pilate, I’ll strongly advice that you wash off your hands in this case, tell the truth at the tribunal and live at peace with your maker in the next world. You can not deliberately cheat over 18 million Nigerians and think you can escape punishment from your maker. The choice is yours.
Accept my letter in good faith,” he concluded.