The leading opposition party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has warned against any planned, last-minute “disqualification of its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, to pave the way for an easy victory for President Goodluck Jonathan or even another postponement of the elections”.
- The APC gave the warning on Tuesday
- The party’s spokesman says anyone who will disqualify a presidential candidate on the eve of an election can only have one and only one purpose for that
- The Party hopes that good reason will prevail and nothing will be done, deliberately, to plunge Nigeria into crisis
About 10 suits seeking the disqualification of General Buhari on grounds of lack of requisite educational qualification are presently being heard at the Federal High Court Abuja.
The suits were instituted by different persons at different courts, but were later consolidated at the Federal High Court.
Progress on the suits have been stalled due to arguments over whether General Buhari and the APC could be served through the media.
The court, presided over by Justice Ademola Adeniyi, will on Wednesday decide on the issue of service.
The case was moved from Tuesday.
The APC in a statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, said it suspected foul play.
“If it is true, as it is being widely speculated across the country, that the Jonathan Administration has procured a judgement to disqualify the APC Presidential Candidate on Wednesday, when the Federal High Court in Abuja is expected to rule on the issue, then it portends a great danger for our country,” the party said.
The APC said in addition to other reasons, the six-week postponement of the elections may have been used by those who never wanted the polls to hold in the first instance to shop for such a satanic judgement.
“Anyone who will disqualify a presidential candidate on the eve of an election can only have one and only one purpose for that: to trigger chaos and pandemonium across the country. Perhaps this is the reason for the deployment of troops across the country to crack down on possible protests and create confusion.
“Then, those who orchestrated the disqualification will simply use what they expect to be angry reactions nationwide as an excuse to postpone the elections again, thus triggering a constitutional crisis, the end of which no one can predict.
“This is why we are hoping that good reason will prevail and nothing will be done, deliberately, to plunge Nigeria into crisis by the same people who have always been quick to say their political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,” the opposition party pointed out.