The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who described the directive as undemocratic, said Buhari must deliver credible elections to Nigerians.
He said: “I want to direct this message to military commanders and officers. You know that as military officers you are not bound to obey orders that are manifestly unlawful, that is the law.
“If you are a professional, you are not bound to obey any order that is manifestly unlawful. I have been trained by the military and police so I know that.”
On alleged moves to manipulate the card reader, Atiku said: “We have just discovered that the APC hired many of their operatives and took them to China to be trained, and they have been so trained, and they are back, and they are equipped with devices that are meant to slow or fasten our card readers.
“So, if you are in the South-South, South-East and North-Central, you are likely to get your card readers to be slowed by those APC operatives. “We have seen the machines; we have interviewed some of those who have gone on this training and we have passed that information to the campaign council to pass to you.
“But if you are from the North-West or North-East, the tendency is that they will use these machines to fast-track the readings of your card readers, so that many of their supporters can vote while disenfranchising the other three zones.
“I thought you should know that we have supplied the information to the campaign council, and you will even see the copy of the machine which each and every of those operatives is to hold. It is like a telephone but that is its job. I felt I should let you know, and you should be guided accordingly.”
He added that the President has never been a democrat, “but wearing the garb of democracy so that he can come back to power and do whatever he is doing.
“So General Buhari is not a democrat. He doesn’t believe in democracy. It’s a lip service. He is more of a power monger than a democrat.”
He also spoke of the environment that must be provided for elections to hold, saying, “a precondition for free, fair and credible election is that the people are able to freely vote the candidate of their choice.
You owe it to the people to let them give their verdict in the same way that you were elected. “If you do so and if you win, then the people will commend you for it but otherwise, history will condemn you for it but before history does that, we will condemn you for it.”