Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the senator representing Abia South Senatorial District of Abia State, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, on Thursday, warned that the actions or inactions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the elections would determine the fate of Nigerians and the future of the country.
Senator Abaribe who was just released by the DSS spoke with newsmen in Abuja shortly after his thank you visit to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP after he regained his freedom.
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According to him, “Let me say that the present INEC as it is constituted is on the brink of history. What they do and what they don’t do will have an effect on whether we have a country or not”.
He pleaded with Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and vote out the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government for Nigeria to witness through democracy.
Abaribe who noted that several senators have been wrongly accused by the administration of President Buhari pointed out that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki was accused of sponsoring armed robbers, Dino Melaye, gun running, Shehu Sani, murder and himself, sponsoring of the proscribed IPOB
Abaribe said: “I want to specially thank the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by our great Chairman for the great show of support by my party when I was undergoing the ordeal of dirty politics
“Where we’re today in Nigeria, I can only make one recommendation to Nigerians and that recommendation is, get your PVCs ready because we have to vote out this government
“There is no other way we can do it because you can see, this government is descending into tyranny
“When I was arrested and taken to my house to be searched, in the warrant of arrest for the search of my house, what they said was that I was a sponsor of terrorism and I wanted to know subsequently how I was sponsoring terrorism and they put there in bracket that I was aiding and sponsoring a proscribed organisation ‘IPOB’
“Everybody in Nigeria knows that I signed the bail bond for Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB. And if signing the bail bond means that I’m now a sponsor of IPOB, what it means also is that every Nigerian should be ready
“For every little thing, they will find a reason to hold you because this government has lost the confidence of the people. All that they are doing now is nothing, but intimidation and trying to make sure that strong voices that are saying enough is enough, our silence
“The National Assembly of which I’m a very proud member is now besieged. Yesterday, it was Senate President sponsoring armed robbers, the other day, it was Dino Melaye sponsoring some gun runners, the other day it was Shehu Sani sponsoring murderers. Today, my own is sponsoring terrorism. And so everybody should get ready. They will find something that they will hang on your head.