Amid the ongoing faceoff between the All Progressives Congress (APC), and opposition candidates over the outcome of the just-concluded presidential election, former Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has come out to accuse the ruling party of forgetting that it was once an opposition party that had a knack for rejecting and challenging election results.
Speaking during an interview on ARISE TV's 'News Day' a few hours ago, Sani, who recently launched a Civil Society initiative called 'Citizens Movement To Save Nigeria' ahead of the commencement of the Election Tribunal, insisted that the APC cannot malign opposition political parties for challenging its victory in court because it was once in the same position a few years ago.
The former lawmaker pointed out that not only did the current president approach the courts on several occasions to challenge election results, but the President-elect also has a history of leading protests against injustice perpetrated by governments in power.
He said; "I was a founding member of the ruling party but I left. The ruling party was once an opposition party. The APC should remember that it was an opposition party that always protested and never accepted when it lost elections. It went to court on several occasions challenging the victory of others. So, it is the exact same thing we did when we were in opposition in those days. For example, let's talk about President Buhari. The only election he accepted was the one that he won. He has been contesting election since 2003 and he has also been on the street protesting. And many times, he did not attend the Council Of State (COS) meetings invited by Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, and Goodluck Jonathan.
So, the APC has set the stage for people not to accept when they lose elections. Luckily enough, the President-elect was also one of those who were in the trenches in those days, leading protests against military and civilian governments. So he cannot, in every right sense, look at others and say they shouldn't criticize him. As much as he has produced governors, ministers, and senators, he was one of those who encouraged people to come out and criticize governments."
SOURCE: YouTube (Forward video to 12:10).
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