Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The ruling People's Democratic Party is pushing for the postponement of general elections scheduled for next month in fear of a loss, the main opposition said.
In a statement, the All Progressives Congress (APC) rejected the call by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for the postponement.
Dasuki called for the deferment to enable INEC more time to distribute all Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
The opposition party however warned that "under no circumstance" must the elections be scuttled.
In a statement, its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued in Abuja, the party said the call by Dasuki, during an event at the Chatham House in London on Thursday, had exposed an alleged plot by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to push for the postponement of the polls, using "all sorts of cheap tricks."
“Now that we have found the smoking gun, we are urging the international community, in particular, to urgently extract a commitment from President Goodluck Jonathan that the elections will hold as scheduled next month, and that he would respect the outcome, just as we have said,” APC said.
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The opposition party said Dasuki was only seeking to buy time for the Jonathan electioneering campaign to gather steam by hinging his postponement call on the delay in PVC distribution.
“They know for sure that if they don’t postpone the elections, there is no way they can win. They are just terrified.”
The party also called on Nigerians to reject in its entirety the alleged ongoing orchestrated plot by the Jonathan Administration to postpone the elections, saying the constitutional crisis that will be triggered by such postponement is capable of undermining the nation’s democracy.
“After realizing it will be rejected by Nigerians who have borne the brunt of its mis-governance over the years, after realizing that its campaign of calumny against our presidential candidate has failed, the Jonathan Administration has now started to play its last card, which is the postponement of the elections” it said.
It said the importance of elections could not be over-emphasized.
“Election is the lifeblood of democracy, the mechanism by which modern representative democracy operates," APC said.
"It is the only way for the citizenry to renew and refresh the governing process so they can get the most benefits out of democracy. Therefore, anyone that tries to sabotage this mechanism is aiming a dagger straight to the heart of democracy.”