The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun alerted members of the public and the international community on alleged direct orders which President Goodluck Jonathan has been issuing to military and security officers handling the Osun electoral security affairs to ensure that votes are not counted at voting units but at collation centres.
According to the APC, “We received credible information from usually reliable sources that President Jonathan had since last Thursday been mounting pressures on unit commanders of different security arms already deployed to Osun State to disallow the counting of votes cast by the electorate at the polling units”.
The party stated that its sources further revealed to that the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; and his colleague in Police Affairs Ministry, Jelili Adesiyan; have also been prodding military and police officers to ensure that the orders of President Jonathan must be complied with.
“Several protestations of the officers bordering on professionalism and time tested value of honour and respect for civil populace and democratic choice of the people fell on deaf ears.
“This development is at variance with public proclamations of President Jonathan on his desire for a free and fair election in Nigeria,” the party said.
APC stated further that, “If in public, President Jonathan is professing his saintly commitment to democracy but is privately muzzling the military, security and paramilitary forces to trample on the democratic rights and choices of the people all in his bid to satisfy his political party at the expense of the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in public, his inconsistency between words and action can only signify an evil intention to trample on Nigeria.
“We urge all military officers to abide by their oath of loyalty to Federal Republic of Nigeria, the 1999 Constitution and the ethics of their services to follow the law no matter whose ox is gored.
“There is a difference between loyalty to the nation and loyalty to the men who are occupying leadership positions in the land.
“The Nigerian Electoral Law is clear on how the election should be conducted. Observance of this law must be strict and total. Any partial compliance with the law is absolute lawlessness that must be discouraged in the interest of our dear country, Nigeria.
“Osun election must not be allowed to be whimsically manipulated by desperate political operators desperate to impose their will on the people rather than allowing the democratic will of the people to prevail”.