President Buhari is not having the best of weeks as it regards the presidential election campaign. Though not he is still regarded by many as the favourite to win the elections, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar seems to be closing the gap rapidly closing so much so that many are now suggesting that the former Vice President is now the favourite to win the election.
Some of the decisions made by President Buhari or those made by the people working for him have not helped his plight, and it has further helped to boost public opinion favourably in favour of the PDP candidate.
However, most watchers believe that president Buhari will hold the ace in many areas as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) control more states than the PDP and most of those states are located in areas that are known to have large voting blocks.
The reality of the situation seems to have hit the usually stubborn president and it looks like he has bowed to public pressure for the first time.
Recently, the PDP campaign Director General, in Kaduna state was arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), over what they dupped to be a statement that is aimed at inciting violence.
The arrest generated public outcry as some believed it was aimed at silencing the opposition and intimidating the President rivals.
The outcry seems to have forced the DSS to give reasons for the action, the body stated that the PDP member was invited to explain his comments.
In a statement made available to reporters, the DSS said:
“On February 9, 2019, this service invited Mr Ben Bako, to shed more light on his inciting statement and call for violence in the state. Earlier on the 7th February 2019 Bako had addressed a rally in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“During the rally, Bako was recorded calling his followers to kill anybody that voted for any party other than the PDP. The video has already gone viral through social media.
“Bako, a former Commissioner for Information in this state and a leader in his own right made this call along with other inciting statements in Kafanchan, deliberately with the intention to cause violence in the state.
“This development, if left unchecked, could lead to a complete breakdown of law and order in this state and beyond. Consequently, Bako is under investigation by the service and would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed. Other people with similar tendencies are also being investigated and would equally face the same fate if found culpable.
“The service assures the good people of Kaduna State that in collaboration with sister security agencies would ensure that citizens are free to exercise their right to freedom of association and choice without hindrance,” the statement reads.
Still, on President Buhari, it is not all bad news for the current occupant of Aso Rock as a group of 1000 clerics across all religions have come out to state their support of the candidacy of the president stressing that it was the will of God for President Buhari to get another term in office.
“It is in a similar fashion that we came to the realization that President Buhari, who began many good things in the interest of Nigeria, will continue to improve on the good things he is doing for the country during his second term in office as ordained by God.
“We consequently relayed the message to Nigerians not to disrupt the flow of God’s blessing to the land, which requires that the person already anointed to lead the country, in the person of President Buhari, is allowed to continue running the errand God has sent him.
“At the end of the forty days of fasting and prayers, we relayed this message to Nigerians so that they will be guided when the time comes to cast their votes.
“But we have seen that the devil is hard at work trying to get Nigerians to violate the instruction given unto them as to who to elect. It is for this reason that we have decided to rally for President Buhari,” the clerics said in a statement.
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