By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Presidency on Sunday charged the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts to work hard for victory in the states affected by inconclusive elections as President Muhammadu Buhari would not be party to change results of the supplementary elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed supplementary elections in six States for March 23 where it had declared the governorship election held on March 9 inconclusive.
The affected states are Bauchi, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Sokoto, and Adamawa. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leading in all the affected states except Plateau.
There are, however speculations that the Buhari presidency is plotting to offer a helping hand to the APC by asking INEC to change results of the elections scheduled for Saturday.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said Buhari would keep to his avowed commitments to deliver a legacy of free, fair and credible elections.
The statement read “The Presidency s cautioned against a lot of the hate spewing, incitement to violence and the polarizing statements by so-called political leaders as a number of states brace up for supplementary elections prescribed by the National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“The Presidency also rejects unfair and ridiculous criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s apparent disinterest in the upcoming elections in some states by party members who wrongfully assume that the President will abuse power by changing results to favour them.
“Past Presidents of Nigeria were known to interfere in inconclusive elections, and that is why party members appear to be upset that the same thing is not happening now, but President Buhari is a different kind of leader. He swore to defend the constitution and will not veer off from that.
“The constitution of Nigeria gives the President no such powers. It is unfair and ridiculous to criticise President Buhari for not going against the constitution.
“Party members in states where there will be supplementary elections then need to be reminded that they need to work hard to earn their people’s votes, rather than expect President Buhari to manipulate INEC in their favour.
“Interestingly, while members of the ruling APC party were criticising the President for not interfering on their behalf, members of the opposition were condemning the President based on their assumptions that he would definitely interfere, as many in the opposition did while in power.
“Under President Buhari, INEC had been and will be completely independent throughout the elections, free from any interference.
“President Buhari is a man of conviction, and the manipulation of election results goes against everything he stands for INEC is completely in charge.”