The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to those condemning president Muhammadu Buhari over his threat to ballot box snatchers.
Buhari, at a meeting of APC leaders in Abuja on Monday, warned that anyone planning to snatch ballot boxes or rig the forthcoming elections will do so at the expense of his own life.
This has since generated mixed feelings with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying that the president was inciting electoral violence.
However, reacting, Oshiomhole accused Atiku of plotting to set the country on fire, adding that, “Only those who rely on thuggery can find fault with the President’s directive.”
Oshiomhole disclosed this on Tuesday night with journalists at his private office in Aso Drive, Abuja.
He said, “There is no responsible candidate down to the House of Assembly who will find fault in any pronouncement that seeks to discourage thuggery in the coming elections.
“So, for a man who is aspiring to preside over a country like Nigeria to seek protection for thuggery, to seek cover for thuggery, even as he has already said he would grant amnesty to looters, I do not think Nigerians have any basis to doubt that Atiku Abubakar’s mission is to set Nigeria on fire just so that he can become president even if he will preside over a graveyard.
“Only those who rely on thuggery can find fault with the President’s directive.”
“We are not like stammerers who look for a fight because they cannot win an argument.
“Assuming, without conceding that it is true, it means Atiku is working hand in hand with the ICT unit in INEC to know the kind of card readers that are deployed to a particular location.
“INEC being independent as it is, I am not in a position to determine where the card readers would be deployed or where they were imported from.”