Abuja - Senator Bukola Saraki, representing Kwara Central at the National Assembly, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) obstructing democracy in the country.
This follows the Independent National Electoral Commission’s postponement of general elections.
The lawmaker, through a statement his media office released, said security should not be used as an “excuse” to delay elections and obstruct democracy.
“The delay in elections is an obstruction of democracy led by President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP. APC has been calling for free, fair, and transparent elections for our country. The delay in elections hinders this call. INEC is expected to act independently but unfortunately is being guided by government who believe they are about to lose an election and have decided to stop the election to re-strategize,” read the statement.
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Saraki added, “For the first time in Nigeria, we are seeing a seating government run away from election. For over three years, President Jonathan has failed to make national security a priority. How then does President Jonathan now expect the people to believe him when he says he will tackle the terrorist group in six weeks.”
He said the international community had continued to support the view that there must be peaceful, free, transparent and credible electoral processes in Nigeria and that the country's security forces would remain impartial so Nigerians can vote safely and without undue delay.
“They are disappointed about the recently announced postponement. President Jonathan and INEC must be aware that the eyes of the world are on them.”
He charged Nigerians to be calm, non-violent and steadfast amid the postponement of elections.
“We must be determined to make sure postponement does not demoralize or disenfranchise us. We must see this as a challenge for us to remain resolute in yearning for a new democratic government; one that will not see itself as above the people. The National Assembly will look into this issue of postponement and take steps to ensure that electoral process is not tampered with.”
The elections were scheduled for this coming weekend as well as the end of the month.