By Ayo Kehinde
A group of Nigerians in diaspora under the platform of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria (GCSDN), have rejected the purported election of Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the election was a sham and should be rejected.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, the global coordinator Frederick Odorige , who spoke from Budapest , Hungary , described the election as ill-fated and the worse that he had seen since he was born.
“The election was marred by killing, apparent rigging, ballot box snatching and destruction of ballot papers by hired thugs.
“It was highly militarized by soldiers loyal to Muhammadu Buhari, declared Odorige.
According to him “An election that culminates in the killing of 47 unarmed Nigerians is not an election.”
The coalition noted that it was significant that no cases of violence was masterminded by any of the presidential candidates from the new political parties.
It decried Nigerian youths for surrendering themselves to “their oppressors by allowing self-seeking politicians to use them as paid thugs instead of aligning with young presidential candidates to actualize the dream of a new Nigeria.”
Odorige said through a general questionaire answered by members of the coalition from 32 countries, 100 percent responded that the election was clearly not free and fair ,while 95.5 per cent further agreed that some persons who played disastrous roles in the election should be sanctioned
He listed some prominent Nigerian politicians who aided the fraudulent conduct of the poll, among them President Buhari who allegedly gAve permission to Nigerian soldiers to participate in our elections and the killing of innocent Nigerians.
” These politicians engaged in sponsoring thuggery, masterminding massive rigging, electoral malpractices and luring corrupt Nigerians to their political party known as the All Peoples Congress, APC for their sins against the Nigerian state to be forgiven.
These politicians were ” leading soldiers to terrorize, disenfranchise and kill our compatriots in Rivers state.Others engaged in hijacking ballot boxes, violently harrassing electoral officers and criminally allotting votes to himself at gun point.
“Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha was alleged to have a forced Returning Officer of INEC to write a fake result to his favour.
It noted that Nigerians in the diaspora shall continue to mount pressure on the international community to disregard the positions the persons forcefully occupy and that whenever the listed persons travel abroad, Nigerians shall legally congregate and embarrass them as permitted by law.
In the statementment released on the youtube channel of the group, Odorige categorically stated that ” Retired Muhammadu Buhari is not our democratically elected President.
“This is not a military regime. This coup has failed. We vehemently reject the so-called election of Muhammadu Buhari.
The body called for improved method of voting in future poll.
” We must quickly develop an electronic voting system for the 2023 elections where data in our PVC are transferred to our telephone sim cards that will enable Nigerians to vote from the convenience of their homes.
” Machinery should also be set in motion that will allow Nigerians in diaspora to vote in upcoming elections.
“Section 14 subsection 2b of the Nigerian Constitution (As amended) states that the welfare and security of the citizens shall be the primary purpose of the government.
Instead of securing Nigerians, people in positions of authority are killing them. Chapter 1 article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights states: Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person.
Article 3 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations affirms: everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
GCSDN is currently the fastest growing and largest platform of Nigerians in diaspora with presence in thirty two countries and the number is rising. It is currently open to all Nigerians in all the thirty six states of Nigeria including the FCT.
According to Odorige, the movement is a non-violent association designed to bring Nigerians together as a way of forming a common platform and speaking with one voice, governance for the good of all Nigerians.