“Foreign observers endorsed results because of fear of body bags” – Secondus claims

The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus, claims international observers only declared the presidential election free and fair because they were afraid of being killed.

He claimed that observers proclaimed the election as transparent only after being “threatened” with the “body bag” position of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state.

While addressing a group of pressmen and women in Abuja on Friday, the PDP chairman insisted the election was rigged against the wishes of the poeple and the PDP.

Recall that PDP’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lost to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by over three million votes.

On Wednesday, Atiku and the PDP had formally rejected the result of the election, insisting they had “the real figures” and would present such in due time.

“They (the international observers) are not correct. Evidence from across the countries show there was to the suppression of voters in our stronghold,” he said.

“We are not going to be approaching the court based on the comment of observers that were threatened. They were threatened. So, what do you expect them to say? They have to go home with their lives. They were threatened and can’t talk.

“We have the facts and we will show them to the world when we get to court. We have enough evidence to approach the court.”

Secondus also accused the military of tampering with election material.

According to him, “while the military was suppressing voters in the PDP strongholds, a different abracadabra was going on in the northern states especially in Kano, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara states which recorded high voter turnouts.”

He also said the high incident of votes cancellation – about one million of them – was “designed to suppress the margin of victory in PDP controlled states.”

“If the same thing is repeated, it means that democracy has completely failed in Nigeria and it is a full military rule,” he added.

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