Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP)
Abuja - A youth organisation supporting the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against aligning itself to the ruling People’s Democratic Party.
The Buhari Youth Organisation in Yobe cautioned the INEC against allowing the PDP “dragging its name into the mud.”
The group said for INEC to been seen by all as been as a just umpire, the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led commission must be firm and resist all the attempts by PDP to have its way during the forthcoming elections.
The group claimed that the ruling party was bent on having little or no change in past electoral procedures which is not immune against manipulation and which the PDP had used to a great advantage in the past.
Addressing journalists in Damaturu the Yobe state capital, the state chairman of the organisation, Bashir Bukar Ba’ale, said the organisation had accepted in good faith the postponement of the February 2015 election but there should not be any further shift in the dates, insisting that any further shift will not augur well for the nation’s democracy.
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“Evidence given for the shift in the date of elections is not sufficient but since INEC acted within the ambit of law, we have accepted the postponement in good fate but any further postponement is an insurgency to democracy,” he said.
The organisation said despite the security challenges bedeviling the state and the north-east geopolitical part of the country, the Yobe state Independent Electoral Commission conducted a successful Local Government Election in 2013 hence there should not be an excuse.
“INEC cannot hide under the canopy of insecurity to thwart the smooth democracy the country has enjoyed over the years,” Ba’ale said.
The organisation also expressed confidence in the capability of the country’s security agencies and urged them not to allow the PDP-led government to discredit them in the democratization process of the country.
Ba'ale said it was commendable that the distribution of the permanent voter cards (PVCs) in Yobe state has recorded 80 percent success even with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) collecting their PVCs.
He however rejected attempt for an interim government to be imposed on stage nation.