Festus Keyamo (SAN), spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection campaign, has mocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders who protested at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as “known masters of rigging”.
On Friday, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, led a protest to INEC headquarters over alleged rigging of the Osun governorship election.
Others who joined the protest were Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman , Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa and Ben Bruce, the senator representing Bayelsa east.
They demanded that the electoral body declare Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner of the poll.
The protesters also described INEC as an arm of the federal government, claiming that the rerun was rigged in favour of the APC.
Reacting to the protest via his Twitter handle, Keyamo said, “Some Nigerians I saw were laughing out so loud today when they saw pictures of some know masters of rigging ‘protesting’ at INEC office against ‘rigging’ in Osun State.
“I therefore concluded that the protest was more about the refusal of INEC to allow them practice their trade.”
Meanwhile, Bruce alleged that he was teargassed by the police. The lawmaker said he went with words but “they answered with bullets!”
“I have just been teargassed by the @PoliceNG at @inecnigeria office. Gunshots have been fired. This was and still is a peaceful protest,” Bruce tweeted.
“How can I be treated like this in a country I have fought for and invested in? This is madness, I came with words they answered with bullets!”
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