Why Prominent Nigerians Are Against Buhari’s Reelection, Says Ngige

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said many influential Nigerians are kicking against the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ngige said its as a result of them not seeing free money like in the past, adding that the aggrieved persons were those opposing second term bid of the President Buhari. 

He told journalists in Abuja that voting did not take place substantially in 2015 in the South-East and South-South as votes were allegedly allotted.

He said, “Yes the PDP has a vice presidential candidate from my zone (South East) and I can tell you that it won’t be easy for them. Winning of election is all about calculation and strategic positioning and measured steps towards a direction.

“Two things are happening; in 2015 election, there was no voting in most of the South-East and South-South, votes were allocated. The card reader hadn’t become functional, it was just new and could be tampered with and at the end of the day most votes were allocated.

“So Muhammadu Buhari was allocated 18,000 votes in the entire Anambra State; is it possible? When my local government  Idemili South alone had 80,000 registered voters, Idemili North 200,000 registered voters, you are talking about 280,000 votes so they were allocated votes.

“Even if they want to allocate, they can’t do it now because they are not in charge of police and army like that time. They took police, army, navy everything and armoured tank and drove us away, in fact they put a price on my head.

“This time, it won’t happen; people will go and cast votes and whatever is cast is what we will announce. We are not interested in rigging or chasing people about with armoured tank.”

On why some of the elite are not supporting the President, Ngige said, “They want the money that has been trapped by the Treasury Single Account to be pushed down again on the table for them to start taking. That one is no longer possible.

 

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