National Council urged to ensure elections are heldfrom AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA’S main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on members of the National Council of State to ensure the general elections were held as scheduled later this month.
The party, through its Director of Media and Publicity of the Presidential Campaign Organization, Malam Garba Shehu, said considering the “zeal” of Nigerians for change and their passion to vote, there should be no excuse to deny Nigerians the right to exercise their franchise.
The party stated that if Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is constitutionally empowered to conduct elections, expressed readiness, there was no basis to contemplate on the grounds of “politically expedient excuses.”
“The Independent National Electoral Commission is the custodian of the electoral process and should therefore be given a free hand to conduct the 2015 general elections in line with the laws of the land.
“The military and police have committed to providing adequate security and even the PDP says it is prepared for the election.
“From all indications the only person who is not prepared for the election appears to be President Jonathan who has seen defeat staring him in the face and is pulling all the strings to re-enact the June 12, 1993 scenario,” Shehu said.
He added that postponement of election was a serious national issue and advised members of the National Council of State to vote according to their conscience when the issue of election postponement comes up for consideration.
Shehu reminded members of the National Council of State that their honour and integrity were at stake, and therefore, they must weigh the implications of election postponement.
“The incredible enthusiasm with which Nigerians are ready to vote during the February general election should not be dampened and ruined by any idea of election postponement to serve expedient political objectives.”
There have been suggestions the polls might be shelved owing to the controversial distribution of permanent voters’ cards and the escalating terror waged by the Boko Haram sect.
– CAJ News
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