The Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria (HURIWA) has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to not intervene within the forthcoming Edo State governorship election
The rights group made the plea in an announcement by its Nationwide Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko.
The group mentioned it was utterly out of order for President Muhammadu Buhari to be seen as extraordinarily involved in regards to the final result of a state election when he’s holding workplace on behalf of the whole thing of Nigerians and never the President of All Progressives Congress.
The group reminded Buhari that he swore an Oath of workplace and is anticipated to be above board and should not be seen actively selling a one-sided agenda.
HURIWA urged the President to be the champion of a pan Nigerian Agenda and guarantee that there’s electoral integrity, transparency and accountability.
“We’ve got noticed with shock and disappointment that the marketing campaign council arrange by the ALL progressively Congress headed by the governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje flew into Benin, the Edo State capital on a presidential jet belonging to all of Nigeria. If this trending information report is something to go by, then we completely condemn this reckless show of political rascality and flagrant abuse of energy.
“We, in HURIWA view this bare present of reckless govt energy manifested within the unlawful use of the individuals’s public jet for a partisan affair resembling conveying the marketing campaign group of the APC to Benin Metropolis as reported which we consider is supposed to inform the electoral umpire that the President’s thoughts is that the electoral course of be manipulated in favour of the occasion that controls presidential energy which by the way is the appointing authority of the INEC.
”We hereby warn INEC to make sure that the governorship ballot is free, honest, clear and peaceable. INEC should not be intimidated by both the federally managed safety forces or ought to they out of intimidation already displayed by the truth that the presidential jet was deployed to convey the marketing campaign group of APC, to then manipulate the electoral course of. We need to warning INEC that any try to rig the ballot could not augur effectively for the steadiness of Nigeria.
“We enchantment to each the PDP and the APC in addition to different political gamers taking part within the ballot to see the election as a chance for the great individuals of Edo State to democratically elect their freely chosen Governor.
There should be no interference from exterior individuals be they governors, or President or former presidents.
INEC has failed on many events to ship free and honest elections; Nigerians are ready to see if the Edo election will likely be an ideal alternative for the morally disadvantaged INEC to redeem themselves from previous misdeeds.
“We ask the safety forces to remain goal and solely work for the general public good and never be used as brokers by their commander in Chief to undermine the need of the Nigerians individuals.
”HURIWA needs the Edo State governorship ballot to be a reputable election. As acknowledged by consultants, we agree that inclusive elections present equal alternatives for all eligible residents to take part as voters in deciding on their representatives and as candidates for election to authorities. This proper to take part is a broad idea and may solely be topic to affordable restrictions which might be supplied by regulation. Authorities should take steps to evaluate and take away any obstacles to the participation of all residents.
“Elections are clear when every step is open to scrutiny, and stakeholders can independently confirm whether or not the method is carried out actually and precisely.
“Events and candidates should have the ability to marketing campaign and voters to solid their ballots free from unlawful affect, intimidation or violence.
“We condemn the reported posting of troopers to guard the previous nationwide chairman of APC M.Adams Oshiomole. This report if confirmed quantities to gross abuse of energy by the President as a result of troopers ought to not be posted as gatemen. That is towards the structure of the Nigerian Arm forces as might be seen from related provisions from part 217-220.”