There is an ongoing cold war between President Buhari and some APC leaders most especially Governorship candidates who are going for supplementary elections come saturday. Many of them believe the president is selfish not to give them the necessary support they also gave to him during his election.
But the presidency has replied through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, In his statement made on Sunday, he said President Buhari unlike other Presidents before him won’t use state powers to interfere in the elections.
His words: “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 his power by changing results to favour them,” he said.
“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.
“President Buhari is a different kind of leader. He swore to defend the Constitution and he 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,” Shehu said.
The Presidential spokesman said while APC members were expecting Buhari to interfere, the opposition too had concluded that the president would use INEC to assist his party to victory.
Shehu stressed that the President would not play to the wishes of anyone in the supplementary elections, insisting that the APC must work hard to earn votes.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he added.