2019: Atiku alerts INEC on use of Ministry’s jingle for Buhari’s campaign

January 11th, 2019

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

The Presidential Can­didate of the Peo­ples Democratic Par­ty (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has alerted INEC on the ap­propriation of Ministry of In­formation achievements as campaign tools for President Buhari contrary to the provi­sions of electoral act.

The former Vice President in a statement he personally signed on Thursday in Abu­ja pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress are flagrantly violating the Con­stitution and the Elector­al Act 2010 as amended by their unbridled deployment of state resources and appa­ratuses for the 2019 presiden­tial campaign.

Atiku recalled that the Na­tional Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu had in December of last year warned incumbent office holders against using state resources or apparatuses for their campaign, or deploying same against their opponents.

Prof Yakubu, who issued the warning at a lecture ti­tled “Political corruption and other emerging issues for the 2019 elections” in Abuja, not­ed that the commission has the power to monitor cam­paign financing and sourc­es of funds according to the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

They stressed that in ne­gation of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, the Buhari admin­istration and the APC has tak­en to the illegal deployment of state resources to its advantage for the election.

He said, “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.

“The media is awash with advertisements with the hashtag #PMBDIDIT and signed by the Federal Minis­try of Information and Cul­ture and referencing so-called achievements of the APC ad­ministration in the states of Abia, Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Delta and Kano, among oth­ers. 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. (See at­tached videos).

“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.

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