Nigerians fought more ruthless dictators than Buhari – Atiku

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday asked Nigerians not to despair, saying they had fought leaders, who he described as more ruthless and more dictatorial than President Buhari, in the past.

The former Vice-President was reacting to the President order that ballot box snatchers should be shot, while speaking at the opening of the emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP in Abuja.

Atiku also cautioned soldiers and other security agents against obeying unlawful orders from President Buhari.

He said the military and other security agencies were not bound to obey unlawful orders.

Atiku said, “When you people are talking about democracy, I have always said that General Muhammadu Buhari is not a democrat. He has never been a democrat. We started the fight to drive the military away from governance, he was never there. He never participated.

“I am sure that you have followed with interest, utterances from the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, and General Muhammadu Buhari in particular which are a painful reminder of the era of dictatorship and military rule. General Buhari has consistently violated the constitution; he failed to uphold the rule of law.

“Only yesterday (Monday), General Buhari said and I quote, “The military and police should be ruthless. Anybody who disturbs the voting system will do so at his own risk” that is General Buhari.

“It is shocking for any head of state to utter such words in a democracy and we shall not accept it from General Buhari in this country. We have fought more ruthless dictators than him.”

Atiku alleged that the All Progressives Congress had equipped many of their members with unnamed devices that could slow down or hasten the Smart Card Readers during the presidential poll.

He said the APC was doing that in some geopolitical zones where the APC allegedly believed it would never win.

He said, “So, if you are in the South-South, South-East and North-Central, you are likely to get your card readers to be slowed by those APC operatives.

“We have seen the machines; we have interviewed some of those who have gone on this training, and we have passed that information to the campaign council to pass to you.

“But if you are from the North-West or North-East the tendency is that they will use these machines to fasttrack the reading of your card readers, so that many of their supporters can vote while disenfranchising the other three zones.”

Atiku said that the President Buhari owed a duty to the electorate to ensure that the presidential poll was free, fair and credible.

“If you do so and if you win, then the people will commend you for it but otherwise, history will condemn you for it but before history does that, we will condemn you for it,” he added.