Tanko Yakassai

Elder statesman Tanko Yakasai has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies may help rig the 2019 election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He told the Sun that the country may not have free, fair and credible election next year.

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Yakasai said: “I will rather put it this way – if INEC will do its job, the police also should do their job and other security agencies and the courts will do their job, will the APC win the election, I will tell you no.

“Our predicament is how are you sure that INEC will do its job and the police will do their job because when you see some of the policemen, you see the APC. What happened in some by-elections is sending a wrong signal that we may not have free, fair and credible elections.

“What is also worrying me the more is the attitude of election observers both the local and the international observers.

“When they come to a country, they concern themselves with the way people queue to cast their votes, they don’t concern themselves with what happens during counting, collation at the counting room, this is where the havoc is done.

“People can line up morning till night casting their votes, which is all right, but in a minute, the officer counting the votes can change all these troubles they have undergone for the whole day.

“In a blink of an eye, if it is 100, he adds a zero and it would be one thousand, and there is nothing you can do about it.

“I will like to use this opportunity to appeal to observers, foreign and local to draw attention to the question of counting of votes and collation room because that is where the devil does its work. Not only in Nigeria, but everywhere else.”