The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the February 16 presidential election following the presence of two Governors from Niger Republic at the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential rally in Kano on Thursday.
Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the PDP, made the call on Friday evening while speaking at his party’s presidential campaign rally in Enugu.
“What we witnessed in Kano yesterday at the APC rally. President Buhari brought in mercenaries – two governors from Niger Republic – with arms, with money, with people to come and vote to influence our election in Nigeria,” he said.
“I hereby … as PDP chairman, call on on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, to disqualify President Buhari for bringing mercenaries from abroad to influence our election.”
Two Nigerien governors, Issa Moussa of Zinder Region and Zakiri Umar of Maradi were in Kano Thursday to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari.
INEC is yet to respond to the latest call by the PDP.
Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a spokesperson for Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano, shared pictures his principal took with the two foreign governors as they prepared to receive Mr Buhari in Kano earlier on Thursday.
No sooner had Mr Tanko-Yakasai shared the pictures on Twitter than a flurry of critical comments began to trickle in, with many reactions pointing to peoples befuddlement.
While the Niger governors’ visit to Nigeria for a political rally may appear strange, the Nigerian electoral law does not seem to have placed restrictions on foreigners hitting the campaign trail with candidates.