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|United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Excaperx: 7:50am On Feb 12|
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council on Monday said it was deeply concerned about many of the expressions of the United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington and other Western Diplomats which have been directed towards Nigeria’s upcoming elections.
Its spokesman, Festus Keyamo, in a statement made available to DAILY POST, suggested that the countries were tactically supporting the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
He noted that the continued warning of a flawed process was an unwarranted cloud over the process.
Keyamo noted that instead of encouraging our country towards credible elections, such statements undermine public confidence.
He said: “It would appear that these envoys seem to have discredited the election before it has even taken place. We truly hope some of the statements attributed to these diplomats are inaccurate. For instance, the Premium News reported that Ambassador W. Stuart Symington threatened to “hold to account” anyone whose speech, no matter the motivation of that speech, engendered hatred.
“We all agree that any speech willfully intended to trigger violence is condemnable. However, in condemning other forms of political speech, the American envoy overstepped his ambassadorial brief. For instance, the American Ambassador was reported to have condemned a situation where a candidate says that his opponent’s political and economic policies are abhorrent and dangerous to the greater welfare of the people and calls on the citizens to hate and reject such policies.
“In our view, this is a correct statement because it is the duty of the candidate to tell the people these truths to protect the nation from subsequent calamity. But Ambassador Symington says his country would punish such necessary political speeches.
“For us it is significant to note that such strong political speeches are not unlawful in the United States, but Ambassador Symington is seeking to penalize such speeches by Nigerians. He seeks to shrink our ambit of free speech so that we may behave in accordance with their vision of well-behaved Africans, rather than in consonance with our vision of our own democracy, no matter how tumultuous and dramatic we may be. It would appear that his position seeks to prohibit forms of expression integral to our political discourse. These forms of expression have time and time again been adjudged to be constitutionally-protected speeches by the United States Supreme Court.
“However, Ambassador Symington intentionally issued his threats to place a chilling effect on speeches in Nigeria that, if uttered in America, would be constitutionally protected. Unfounded allegations and threats to penalize people for constitutionally-protected free speech is improper interference in our internal affairs. Sadly, what Ambassador Symington and some other western diplomats are doing border on the improper.
“We take the view that the constant statements by Ambassador Symington and the other diplomats are implicit attacks against the government of Nigeria. These statements imply the Nigerian government is inclined to rig the election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is unfair and unacceptable to us. President Muhammadu Buhari has never been accused of electoral malpractice all his life. However, in contrast, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar publicly boasted a few months ago that he rigged the 2003 election in the Southwest States. Here, we have an open confession of blatant electoral malfeasance by the PDP candidate. But in all of these, there seem to be no concern by Ambassador Symington and other diplomats about this well-acknowledged proclivity of the main opposition.
“We expected that such open confession to rigging in the past would have drawn condemnation from the United States. Rather what we witnessed recently was the ignoble act of giving such a self-confessed rigger with a decade-old indictment in America for corruption hanging over his head a special status to enter the U.S for a few days. Such is the double standard that America now displays for the whole world to see. It is unfortunate that most of these countries that sermonize about free and fair elections have ugly histories of denial of voting right to people because of their colour and are still facing many challenges with their electoral systems till date.
“The continued reference and praise of the 2015 election by Ambassador Symington clearly shows he needs further briefing about the Nigerian situation. For his information, the 2015 presidential election, at the end of the day, produced the correct outcome, but with flawed figures in many areas. Though they lost, the figures attributed to the PDP were inflated in many places, especially in the South South, to save the face of the past President and to reduce the margin of his defeat. President Buhari is determined to improve on the 2015 elections and so it cannot even be our benchmark.
“An American ambassador has a great responsibility in representing the strongest economic and military power in the world. His comments carry weight because of the status of his nation. This means his comments should reflect a deep knowledge of the subject. Sadly, Ambassador Symington has not shown the deep knowledge of Nigerian situation. The impression he creates by constantly harping on suspected government interference with the electoral process is that President Buhari cannot win without tipping the results. He seems to be saying that only a PDP victory will be evidence of a fair election.
“Again, he is in great error. From all of the information at our disposal, President Buhari can and should win a free and fair election. However, it appears to us that Ambassador Symington is substituting his subjective conclusions for the sovereign will of the Nigerian people. In doing so, he has abandoned the impartiality of a true envoy and has trespassed into interfering in our electoral process.
“Instead of encouraging free and fair elections, these judgmental statements and threats only cast an unnecessary pall over the elections and the nation. This is an international disservice and not international diplomacy. The days of unquestioned condescension to Western powers are long gone and we are not prepared at this time in Nigeria to recede to that era.
“Nigerians will define Nigeria’s democracy. We shall hold fair and just elections, not because of scolding by diplomats, but because we have sufficient intelligence and morality to do what is right for ourselves. If Ambassador Symington has familiarized himself with Nigeria’s history from 1999 till date, he would have realized that those in the main opposition are being haunted by their past: they think President Buhari would behave exactly like they did all these years when they consistently rigged elections and denied Nigerians the right to choose their leaders
“If Ambassador Symington truly intends to be impartial, his statements should acknowledge that both Government and Opposition (particularly in States where the opposition have Governors in place) must respect the process and refrain from rigging. We expect him to counsel both governing party and the Opposition from any form of electoral malpractice. After all, it is not only Governments at the center that rig elections. Elections can also be rigged in opposition-controlled areas.
“It is not too late for Ambassador Symington to repair the damage of his uninformed statements. He needs to speak as an impartial envoy instead of a person who appears to have prejudged the quality of the process and the outcome. Until he attains that level of informed impartiality, whatever good he seeks is better achieved by his silence than by tendentious utterances.”
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Binikingdowm: 7:51am On Feb 12|
Cry cry babies
Payback is sweet sha
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Jessyjack(f): 7:52am On Feb 12|
Eheen......? When the demonic gay promoting Obama supported badluck Buhari in 2015 nko.....?
Buhari must go home this Saturday!
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by BrightEye(m): 7:58am On Feb 12|
Yea, it is a common sense not to support lifelessnes.
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by SalamRushdie: 7:59am On Feb 12|
Another clear sign that the US wishes well for Nigerians ...Buhari is the kind of evil no man will wish even for his worst enemy
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by jlinkd78(m): 8:01am On Feb 12|
Keyamo that truly now believes Nigerians are ripe enough to determine d type of leadership were u not one of those that pushed Atiku into travelling to America thereby demystified ur only campaign of calumny against him. U people so demonized Atiku with being arrested once he steps his foot on d American soil. We believed u cos u made America to be that sanctimonious country that confers integrity. Atiku heed ur call and travelled and even lodged in Trumps International Hotels. Now he is enjoying d gains of that trip and u are feeling pained. U guys brought it upon urselves.
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by TheKingIsHere: 8:01am On Feb 12|
Useless cry babies. When USA supported you, it was the best thing.
Now table has turned
The internet never forgets
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Chicagoesontop: 8:04am On Feb 12|
Some people no dey shame to talk some ind things !!
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by vicdom(m): 8:14am On Feb 12|
I was very sick, so sick that I can barely move on my sick bed,just den boom! NTA showed buhari nd strength came from nowhere, I stood up and off my TV....
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by deboysben(m): 8:19am On Feb 12|
Anything that can send Bubu back to Daura is allowed
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by three: 8:21am On Feb 12|
Who should they support?
Tink am well....
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by magoo10(m): 8:24am On Feb 12|
Zombies go cry tire
No right thinking person will support a dullard suffering from acute dementia
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by positivelord: 8:25am On Feb 12|
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Racoon(m): 8:26am On Feb 12|
The APC government Is simply the biggest scam of the 21st century.Imagine these idiots vehemently refusing karma from paying them in their own coin?
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Esseite: 8:27am On Feb 12|
Nigeria... this is another sign, these are developed world's we should emulate, not Niger republic.
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Omeokachie: 8:31am On Feb 12|
Who is the "wailer" now?
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by SniperSmurf: 8:32am On Feb 12|
So the zombies expect US to support them? Maybe they told Baba they like zombies.
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Racoon(m): 8:36am On Feb 12|
SalamRushdie:Exactly sir.This affliction ends in 3days time. The land have truly been under the siege of the demonic APC's witchcraft broom for last 4years.
However, Nigerians pls "Lift up your heads, your redemption draweth nigh.Weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning." This is simply because "The Lord shall surely made an utter end; affliction shall not rise up a second time."
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by DMerciful(m): 8:37am On Feb 12|
Nigerians, our country is not an island! Vote someone that is accepted at home and also by the international community esp the world powers! We need people to buy our oil and sell us arms to fight insurgency. The international community has abandoned Bubu. To be forewarned is to be forearmed
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by SniperSmurf: 8:44am On Feb 12|
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by ZombiePUNISHER: 8:50am On Feb 12|
United States of America is not the United States for zombies....
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by CrestMan: 8:50am On Feb 12|
Apc is smelling defeat! Hahaha
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by nelcliff(m): 8:59am On Feb 12|
This table has been turned already. Cry me a river I won't mind using the tears to water my garden
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Caseless: 9:09am On Feb 12|
Americans feel they can dictate to everyone, but can't be dictated to. What do you expect from a simpleton appointed by the dotard.
Nothing last forever, America, just other powers in the past, would crumble and the world will not end for that reason.
I have always said it; this system of democracy doesn't work for us. Let's domesticate it and create something that works for us. Let's end this neo-western dictation.
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by saaron: 9:13am On Feb 12|
I said this before and I will say it again, Nigerians should be ready to give that Aso Rock Impostor the "Lauren Gbagbo" treatment. APC govt have NO INTENTION of organizing free and fair election!
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by Larryfest(m): 9:33am On Feb 12|
US will naturally give support to who they think is the right man for the job just like they did in 2015 ....
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by jchioma: 9:44am On Feb 12|
Ironically, the PDP accused APC of the same in 2015.
How times have changed!
Give it to Atiku - the man of the moment.
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by SaiATKUOBI2019: 10:32am On Feb 12|
We have 4 days to vote out the Guiness Books of record holder for been the only man dead or alive to have led the economy of a country into recession twice as the President.
Vote out hardship, nepotism,hardluck, excuse master....
Vote Baba recession out that our country may prosper
|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by TonyeBarcanista(m): 10:40am On Feb 12|
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|Re: United States Supporting Atiku, PDP – Buhari’s APC Alleges by fijabi78: 10:47am On Feb 12|
All will be over on Saturday.
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