The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is said to be registering foreigners, particularly Niger Republic nationals with a view to ensure reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The claim was made by the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum in a communiqué it made available to journalists on Sunday.
The group while proving its allegation against the election umpire, said plan by the federal government to construct a rail from Kano, through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi in the Niger Republic was a ploy by INEC and the Buhari led-government to rig the election in 2019 by enlisting foreigners to vote for the incumbent.
The communiqué, which was signed by: Yinka Odumakin (South-West); Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South); Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr Isuwa Dogo ( Middle Belt) read in part, “Equally worrisome is the intelligence report at our disposal that a large number of mercenary voters have been registered from neighbouring countries especially from Niger Republic under the continuous voter registration which could have been one of the reasons why the Federal Government is in a haste to construct a rail from Kano, through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic. Money has been appropriated for this in the 2018 budget.”