The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction the All Progressives Congress (APC) for using state resources to campaign.
The former vice president recalled that the electoral umpire in December last year, warned incumbent office holders against using state resources or apparatus for their campaigns, or deploying same against their opponents.
In a statement yesterday by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, the PDP presidential candidate alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party were flagrantly violating the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended by deployment of state resources and apparatuses for the 2019 presidential campaign.
Atiku observed that the advertisements with the hashtag #PMBDIDIT, signed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, referencing the achievements of the APC administration in the states of Abia, Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Delta and Kano, among others, is a violation of the Electoral Act.
“These are without doubt 2019 presidential campaign materials produced by the Ministry of Information and Culture, using state resources and apparatuses to benefit President Buhari,” he said. Atiku added that this was a negation of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. “We wish to remind President Buhari and the APC that the use of state videos released by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is illegal under the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
“This appalling conduct, which is clearly in violation of Section 100 of the Electoral Act, is even more shocking when it is recalled that the state resources being used to the illegal advantage of President Buhari are being drawn from agencies which for over three years prior to this election failed to perform their duties to the benefit of Nigerian citizens. “We demand that INEC issues an immediate cease and desist order to both the Ministry of Information and Culture and to the broadcast channels running it.