We’ll mobilise 20m members against Buhari – Shiites, El-Zakzaky followers

Supporters of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of theIslamicMovement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite Islamic sect, have vowed to mobilise over 20 million of its members against the reelection of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari.

The movement, which claimed that it was not in alliance with any political party, however, noted that it was going to massively vote in Saturday’s presidential election to oust the incumbent that meted out inhuman abuses and brutal massacre to it.

In a statement issued yesterday by S.I Ahmad on behalf of Supporters of Sheikh Zakzaky Political Forum, the movementsaiditbelievesthat free and fair election makes a fundamental contribution to any government that is considered to be democratic.

The statement reads: “To many Nigerians, the postponement of the election withinhourswasadeliberate and programmed scheme of General Buhari to cling on to power, evenwhenit is obvious to him that Nigerians want him out. “Others believe General Buhari is just buying time for himself.

The delay will not save him from the imminent defeat that awaits him; Buhari and his cabals are scared of a free, fair and peaceful election.” The movement stated that prior to 2015 Zaria Massacre, onlyfewsupportersof Sheikh Zakzakyusedtovotebecause it was clear to any discerning Nigerian that elections in Nigeria were hitherto characterised by massive rigging in favour of the incumbent.

“However, the 2015 general elections came with the incumbent midwifing an election that saw to the defeat of theincumbentandtheushering in of this government, courtesy of the card reader system. It was therefore apparent, that for the first time inNigerianhistory, votesactually counted.”

The Kaduna State government had brought an eight-count charge against El- Zakzakyand hiswife, accusing himof leadinganoutlawedorganisation, illegalpossessionof firearms and being a leader of anoutlawedorganisation. El-Zakzaky and his wife haveremainedinthecustody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since December 2015 following a clash between the IMN and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.

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