Social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari Lauretta Onochie has alleged that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and PDP leadership had plotted to use the electoral bill if signed to rig the 2019 elections.
Mrs Onochie made the allegation in a Facebook message on Sunday apparently pleased with President Buhari’s refusal to sign the bill.
She argued that the Senate headed by Bukola Saraki of the opposition party had intentionally replaced ‘Counting and Announcing’ with only ‘Announcing’ in the new electoral bill.
Onochie wrote that such move would only endanger the country’s democracy.
“What they did was to cleverly replace “COUNT & ANNOUNCE”, with only “ANNOUNCE” in the new electoral bill amendment which portends grave danger for the progress our electoral process made in 2015.
“It means COUNTING of our votes will no longer be necessary in 2019. Electoral umpires could announce any figure to favour whoever pays them well,” she wrote.