President Buhari warns of crackdown on vote-riggers

NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the police and military to be “ruthless” with anyone who tries to rig rescheduled presidential and parliamentary elections.

People who attempted to steal or destroy ballot boxes and voting material would do so “at the expense of his own life”, Mr Buhari said.

President Buhari was speaking at an emerging meeting of his All People’s Congress following the last-minute postponement of Saturday’s election.

The poll is now due to take place this Saturday.

The Nigeria main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) condemned Mr Buhari’s statement, saying it was a “direct call for jungle justice”,

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, 72, is running against Mr Buhari under the banner of the PDP.

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