PDP Drags Buhari to Court over Death Threat to Ballot Snatchers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari over his directive to the military to be “ruthless” with ballot box snatchers.

In a suit filed before the federal high court in Abuja, the PDP asked the court to declare that Buhari’s directive is unconstitutional, unlawful and void.

Nigeria’s main opposition party also sued Mohammed Bello, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), before a FCT high court over the “gigantic broom” erected by the All Progressives Congress (APC) near Abuja city gate.

It urged the court to issue an order compelling the minister to investigate allegations of intimidation and illegality which poses potential threat of violence and disunity the structure may cause.

APC’s broom symbol constructed at the City gate, Abuja

The party said this follows the permission of the FCT administration or its failure to take action against the broom which it said is an “improper structure”.

During the APC caucus meeting on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he had given the military and the police the order to be ruthless, stating that those who snatch ballot boxes will pay with their lives.

“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,” the president said.

The comment was criticised by some Nigerians who described it as unconstitutional, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the military has no business in the election business, and that ballot box snatchers should not be shot but prosecuted according to the law.

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