Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress of flagrant violations of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 through unbridled deployment of state resources and apparatuses for this year’s presidential campaign.
Atiku also distanced himself from what he described as a video described as concocted by the Buhari campaign to the effect that he planned to hand over a portion of Borno State to Boko Haram in a peace deal.
“We wish to remind President Buhari and the APC that the use of state videos released by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is illegal under the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
“The media is awash with advertisements with the hashtag #PMBDIDIT and signed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and referencing so-called achievements of the APC administration in the states of Abia, Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Delta and Kano, among others.
‘’These are without doubt 2019 presidential campaign materials produced by the Ministry of Information and Culture using state resources and apparatuses to benefit President Buhari. (See attached videos).
“This appalling conduct, which is clearly in violation of Section 100 of the Electoral Act, is even more shocking when it is recalled that the state resources being used to the illegal advantage of President Buhari are being drawn from agencies, which, for over three years prior to this election, failed to perform their duties to the benefit of Nigerian citizens. The Ministry of Information and Culture must stop this illegality immediately” Atiku said in statement issued on his behalf by his media adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe.
“We demand that INEC issues an immediate cease and desist order to both the Ministry of Information and Culture and to the broadcast channels running it.
“We also insist that INEC register the media spend behind it as part of the APC’s total N1 billion campaign spend limit.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi while responding to the concerns raised to that effect by Atiku Abubakar said that it was within the constitutional rights of parties aggrieved in the circumstance to approach the relevant authorities for remedial actions.
He welcomed the interest of PDP in advocating a stakeholders’ meeting towards finding a practical solution to the menace of trading of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.