Presidential election: God has seen fit to choose Atiku – Osuntokun

– The chieftain of the Coalition of Nigeria (CNM), Akin Osuntokun, says God chose Atiku Abubakar as the instrument to rescue Nigeria – Osuntokun described Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku for president as a move to save the country – The spokesman said Obasanjo’s move was premised on the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good Akin Osuntokun, the spokesman for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, has identified the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, as an instrument chosen by God to rescue Nigeria from the “dark and dangerous” route President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the country, The Punch reports. NAIJ.com gathered that Osuntokun, the CNM’s director of strategic communications, in a statement on Friday, October 12, described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku for president as a move to save the country. Osuntokun said Obasanjo’s move was premised on the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good, adding that such considerations underlie the reconciliation between the former President and his deputy. Osuntokun, a former aide of Obasanjo said: “To put it mildly, these are desperate times in Nigeria and desperate problems readily provoke desperate measures. “Confronted with the present danger and calamity that the presidency of Buhari poses to Nigeria, the choice and course of action open to any responsible Nigerian statesman is clear – and that is the subordination of all personal differences to the task of rescuing Nigeria from the fast pace of downward spiral towards the political abyss. “And God, in his inimitable ways, has seen fit to choose Atiku Abubakar as the instrument of rescuing Nigeria from the dark and dangerous turn that the incumbent driver has taken the country. “It is perhaps for the task of the unprecedented challenge of this moment that God has been preparing Atiku – who like all mortals, is not without his share of human imperfections. To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Osuntokun also identified the need[…]

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Atiku’s campaign council asks alibaba.com to halt sales of PVCs online

By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA — Presidential Campaign Council of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has asked the owner of the online platform alibaba.com, Jack Ma, to permanently remove the cloned Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) from its platform. INEC PVC For Sale On Alibaba.com The campaign council stated that the sale of PVCs on the online platform amounts to a breach of the nation’s electoral integrity and it’s national security. The council was reacting to a statement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the alarm it raised over attempts to clone PVCs, with the intention of selling same online. The commission in a statement issued by its Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, late Sunday evening, had said it was taking the matter seriously, and promised to engage government and security agencies as well as the promoters of the platform in order to get to the root of it. The letter from Atiku’s campaign office was dated July 2, and addressed to the owner of the online hub, Jack Ma. The letter written by the director general of Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation and former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, is entittled “A Matter of National Security and Electoral Integrity Involving alibaba.com.” The director general of the campaign noted: “I write this open letter because my attention has been drawn to an egregious breach of Nigeria’s electoral integrity and thus our national security, by the sale of Nigerian Permanent Voter Cards, on alibaba.com. “We are very concerned about this security breach because it threatens Nigeria’s desire to build strong institutions, like the Independent National Electoral Commission. A situation like this could lead to massive vote buying and thus thwart our efforts and instead create strong men where we want to enable strength in institutions. “Permanent Voter Cards were used in the 2015 Nigerian elections and the alibaba platform was also in existence then, yet we did not have this breach. That precedence leads me to believe that[…]

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