BALLOT DEATH: Atiku cautions security forces against obeying ‘unlawful’ orders

OrderPaperToday – The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the military and security forces to refuse to carry out any order deemed unlawful.

The former Vice President stated this on Tuesday while speaking at the PDP 84th emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja.

His reaction is in response to a comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari on ballot snatching. The President had stated that “I gave the military & police order to be ruthless… Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system, will do so at the expense of his own life.”

Atiku in his response said, “I want to direct this message to our military commanders and officers, I know that our military commanders and officers are not bound to execute orders that are manifestly unlawful, this is the law, and, this is the tradition in the military.

“So if you are a professional military commander, officer and soldier and also a policeman you are not bound to execute an order which is manifestly unlawful, no matter who issues that order because me too, I have been trained by the military, I have been trained by the police, so I know that order is number one order.”

He also accused the ruling party of sponsoring operatives to china to unleash cyber warfare on the electoral process, by compromising the voters’ cards in the opposition states.  

“Secondly,  we have just discovered that the APC have hired many of their operatives and have taken them to China to be trained and they have been so trained and they are back and they are equipped with devices that are meant to slow or fasten our card readers, so if you are in the South-South, South-East and North Central, you are likely to get your card readers to be slowed by those APC operatives, we have seen the machines, we have interviewed some of those who have gone on these training and we have passed the information to the campaign council to pass unto you, but if you are from the North west or North East and South west , the tendency is that they will use this machine to fast rack the readings of your card readers so that as many of their supporters can vote while disfranchising the other people, I feel I should let you know I have supplied the information to the campaign council, you will even see the copy of the machine which each of those operatives will hold, it is like a telephone but that is its job.”   

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