The governing party in Nigeria claims that the military is preparing to sabotage the upcoming presidential election, but this has been refuted by the military.
Generals allegedly met in secret with Atiku Abubakar, the rival PDP presidential contender, last week, according to an APC spokesman.
The army statement referred to the accusations as “wicked” and “malicious.”
In the most populous nation in Africa, the election for president is too close to call.
Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party are the three leading candidates in the elections scheduled for February 25.
The army asserted that it would never participate in a plot to topple the civil government because it was professional and “committed to the constitution.”
Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, a spokesman for Nigeria’s Defense Headquarters, declared that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria will never be part of any ignoble scheme to truncate our hard-earned democracy.”
The major political parties and the government have not commented on the army’s announcement.
The public has mostly dismissed the military takeover allegation because they are more concerned about more urgent issues like insecurity, fuel shortages, and a lack of fresh currency, which has exacerbated the economic crisis in the nation.