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N45m form: Why INEC should punish Buhari – PDP

N45m form: Why INEC should punish Buhari – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday faulted the purchase of Presidential Nomination form for President Muhammadu Buhari by a group.

PDP said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should sanction Buhari over violation of the constitution which states that no group should donate more than one million naira to an aspirant.

The party said the use of a “shadowy group as a front to purchase the N45 million All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form for President Muhammadu Buhari is a worn-out stunt, smacking of fraud and worsening the already battered image of the President.”

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The party said President Buhari can no longer play the “pro-poor gimmick which his followers have always presented to Nigerians.”

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party said, “Already, our people are daily confronted by the flaunting of affluence and material wealth by the President and those around him, while betraying and abandoning millions of poor Nigerians who, unfortunately, put their trust in him in 2015.

“Nigerians are aware that the very expensive personal effects, including posh jewelries daily paraded by his close relatives betrayed the gimmick of using an unregistered group, pieced together to execute another failed pro-poor stunt to sway Nigerians.”

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PDP urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to note that the “purchase of the N45 million form by the group directly violates section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act which provides that “no individual or other entity shall donate more than One million naira (#1,000,000) to any candidate.

“Since President Buhari has not publicly disowned the purchase of the form by the group, the PDP charges INEC to, within the next 24 hours, hold him culpable and make him to face the appropriate sanctions for the violation of electoral laws.

“Finally, it is unfortunate that President Buhari and his handlers, in their desperation to hang on to power, even when they have been rejected, have reduced themselves to objects of public ridicule with their many bloopers ahead of the 2019 general elections,” the statement added.

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