Timi Frank, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to follow the example of the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, who recently stepped down from his position following allegations of rape against him.

Frank explained that since Buhari has been accused of rigging himself into office during the last presidential elections, the “best thing would be for him to step down until the petition filed against him by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is decided by the Tribunal and the Supreme Court”.

In a statement he signed and issued on Tuesday, Frank said: “What General Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) did to Nigeria during the last general elections amount to a grievous rape on our democracy.

Therefore Buhari must of necessity step down just like Pastor Fatoyinbo has done, pending the final determination of the ongoing petition by the Justices of the presidential election petitions tribunal and the Supreme Court.

“As a man who claims to have integrity, it is only normal that you (General Buhari) step aside so that the judiciary can do its job without fear, favor or bias that could stem from the ongoing interference in the official activities of the Justices by agents of the executive.

“As at today, the tribunal members are being intimidated, out-rightly harassed, blackmailed, coerced, bribed and above all, covertly threatened by the executive in order to fraudulently procure a favorable judgment,” Frank stated.

He claimed that Buhari’s manifest incompetence, poor leadership and his unabashed rigging of the last presidential election have brought untold pain and hardship upon Nigerians.

Frank added: “Your administration raped Nigerians by denying them the true outcome of their vote which was to ensure that a man who can help further the fight against insecurity, tackle unemployment, mitigate poverty and boost the economy in the person of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was elected.”

The political activist also called on all Nigerians especially members of the civil society, labour unions and celebrities that spearheaded the protest against the COZA pastor last Sunday to apply the same pressure on the present “illegitimate government so as to stop their present illegalities which is tantamount to continuous rape on the nation’s democracy, pending the outcome of the presidential election petition tribunal and the Supreme Court”.

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