- Presidential spokesperson Shehu Garba says rigging will be prevented at the governorship elections
Despite the desperation of some governors to win the March 18 governorship elections, law enforcement agencies will clampdown any acts of voter intimidation and violence during the poll, the presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has said.
Shehu made the assertion on Thursday.
He said despite the growing concerns over governors’ reported plans to rig the election in Rivers, Edo, Enugu, Kano and others, the will of Nigerians will prevail because law enforcement agencies will ensure that governors do not wield god-like influence on the outcomes.
“These governors are not gods. Before now, there used to be the assumption that when you finish your tenure as a governor, you are entitled to proceed to the senate.
“But we have seen several of them lose their senatorial bids because, ultimately, it is the will of the people that counts,” Shehu said.
He argued that the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is “above conspiracy” in the outcome of the February 25 elections, which many Nigerians alleged was tilted to the favour of the governing APC.
The All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, polled over eight million votes to emerge President-Elect as announced on March 1.
However, controversies have trailed the conduct of the elections which many pundits and foreign observers described as below the expectations of Nigerians.
This is chiefly due to the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission to transmit election results electronically from its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System to its result viewing portal.
However, the presidential Spokesperson argued that the electoral umpire acted within its powers when it transmitted results manually at the Presidential and National Assembly elections.