The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has condemned service chiefs for attending President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally tagged “Next Level.”
Some service chiefs including the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq; and Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas were seen attending the event.
A statement by the Director of Special Projects for “Hope 2019”, the campaign organ of Ezekwesili, Hajiya Aisha Yesufu, said the presence of security chiefs at the event was similar to cases in previous administrations.
According to her, such only succeeded in compromising agents and officers of security parastatals in the country.
She, therefore, called on Nigerians to henceforth resist such actions and any attempt to continue with their failed system.
She said, “We are confident in the ability of suffering Nigerian masses to stop the shenanigans of enemies of true democracy. A lot of Nigerians have commented on the likelihood that the retention of the service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari is part of a well-oiled plot to rig the 2019 election.
“However, as a mass-oriented purposeful political grouping, we can only continue to mobilise citizens towards the exercise of their franchise and civic responsibility.
“We are also confident that no gang up can defeat the social forces arrayed against the decadent leadership that has impoverished our people and extinguished hope in the country.
“Our presidential candidate, Obiageli Ezekwesili, is committed to lifting 80 million Nigerians out of abject poverty and undoing the economic downturn imposed on the nation.”