BALLOT BOX SNATCHERS: Festus Keyamo, Dino Melaye In War Of Words Over Buhari’s Directive [VIDEO]

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BALLOT BOX SNATCHERS: Festus Keyamo, Dino Melaye In War Of Words Over Buhari’s Directive

The directive of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to security operatives on election duty on ballot box snatchers have continued to generate controversies among Nigerian, political allies and party chieftains.

On Tuesday, a spat on the comment occurred between the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye and the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN).

The two chieftains of the ruling party and leading opposition party were both guests on Channels TV’s special election programme, The Verdict.

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While Keyamo defended the President’s directive, saying that it is aimed at curbing the menace of electoral fraud, Melaye argued that the President had failed to speak with utmost decorum and respect to the rule of law.

Senator Melaye said he was “utterly disappointed” in the President, adding that he was even more surprised that he had not tendered an apology to Nigerians.

“I am utterly disappointed in my president. I am completely in shock that in a democratic setting, a president will speak with the anointing if Idi Amin of Uganda, the president will use the word “ruthless”, the president will order killings of Nigerians without going through Legal procedures. That is totally unacceptable. I expected that by now the President should have apologised to Nigerians and withdraw that statement but instead there has been a lot of efforts, boxing the wind by Chieftains of the APC, trying to defend what is not defendable,” he said.

Senator Melaye said he was “utterly disappointed” in the President, adding that he was even more surprised that he had not tendered an apology to Nigerians.

“I am utterly disappointed in my president. I am completely in shock that in a democratic setting, a president will speak with the anointing if Idi Amin of Uganda, the president will use the word “ruthless”, the president will order killings of Nigerians without going through Legal procedures. That is totally unacceptable. I expected that by now the President should have apologised to Nigerians and withdraw that statement but instead there has been a lot of efforts, boxing the wind by Chieftains of the APC, trying to defend what is not defendable,” he said.

It would be recalled that on Monday at the APC National Caucus Meeting, the President ordered security agencies to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot boxes during the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it, maybe this is the last unlawful action you will take,” he said.

“I really gave the military and the police (order) to be ruthless. We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties”.

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