Ex lawmaker fault Atikus claim on Presidential election
A former member of the National Assembly , Ayo Arise , on Sunday described the claim by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that he won the March 23 presidential election as “ bogus and unverifiable . ”
Arise, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, described Atiku ’ s claim as “ a ploy to confuse the judiciary in particular and Nigerians in general. ”
The former lawmaker, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, said the PDP candidate ’s claim was unreasonable .
He said , “ For now , it is illegal for anyone to transmit results of elections from polling units directly to the centre.
“ The chain of collation of results was from the units through the wards , local governments, states and to the headquarters. Unless Atiku is telling us that there is another method employed by INEC which violates the norm we are used to.
“ Maybe there is somebody somewhere who is concocting figures for Atiku . The PDP flagbearer should tell us how he got his information , whether he officially applied for it through the instrumentality of the Freedom of Information Act . I think the man must have been ripped off or scammed. ”
Arise advised the ruling APC to handle the matter with tact by adopting a scientific approach to puncture the claim .
He said this could be achieved by seeking the services of credible Information and Communications Technology experts as defence witnesses .
The former lawmaker advised the party’ s leaders to adopt a win- win approach on the election of leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly .
He said, “ Every member of the National Assembly is a potential leader, but we also have the rules and guidelines which confer privileges to some members based on seniority.
“ The APC leadership must, therefore , ensure balancing in sharing key positions. It must engage members within its folds regularly .
“ Above all , the issue of party discipline and supremacy must not be jettisoned or compromised . Any contender who will be stepping down for another based on party arrangement and persuasion, could be given committee of his or her choice. ”