Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, a well known Islamic scholar in Kaduna State, has described the February 23, 2019 presidential election as the worst in the history of Nigeria.
According to Gumi, video evidence available to him reveals how few people generated millions of votes to aid the election of President Muhammadu Buhari. He noted that Buhari who claimed to be fighting corruption rode on corruption to return to power.
“The last election was the worst ever. Election should never be rigged again. We invited the INEC, APC and PDP, and told them, ‘This is what we will do to stop rigging in 2015.’ When the election came, we realised we were handicapped because Nigerians were ignorant but they failed to realise that Nigerians could create an independent poll,” he said.
Sheikh Gumi who is a frank Islamic preacher stated this on Thursday when he received Prophet Isa El-Buba, the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry, Jos, and the convener of the Movement of Initiative of a Brighter and Better Nigeria.
“In 2015, we saw that INEC was not ready for a flawless election. Then another government came with the mantra of change and anti-corruption. I expected the 2019 election to be neat, but I found it to be the worst I have ever witnessed.
“Many people came to me from all over the country; some came with videos and told me those millions of votes you see were coming from just a few hundreds.
“When the results were announced, they said, ‘We told you.’ So, what is the card reader meant for? How can you say you are fighting corruption and you are riding on corruption to come back and create economic damage that will take maybe 40 years to correct?”
Prophet El-Buba in his own statement thanked the Sheikh for standing out and speaking the truth to power. He described Gumi as the leading lights of the present generation.
“I really want to commend you for standing out to speak the truth, not just to the authorities, but also to the followers.
“With the situation of things in the country, we need to put our minds together and salvage the country. We cannot continue to leave the control of things in the hands of politicians, if not, it will continue like this.
“I have traversed the whole country and the North is worst. Things are degenerating the more; the poverty is unbearable,” El-Buba noted.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.