A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Kaduna - The Nigeria Labour Congress
(NLC) on Tuesday solicited for more support from Nigerians to enable the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conduct credible general
elections in February.
The Vice President of the NLC, Mr Issa Aremu, also cautioned
against recent calls for the postponement of the election, saying such action
will portray the country in bad light.
Aremu, who spoke in Kaduna at the public presentation of
four books he wrote, said the intention of proponents of the postponement was
to set the country backwards.
He said that INEC had done well since it released the time
table for the election in October, adding that it had issued more than 40
million permanent voter cards across the country.
"The election time table must be respected; there should be
no room for postponement.
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"Hundred per cent registration of voters would not
translate into hundred percent turn out on election day.
"Keeping to the election timetable is necessary; it is a
mark of our level of development as a nation that respects time and can
therefore keep to its words," the labour leader said.
The NLC vice president reminded Nigerians to elect credible
leaders, including members of states and National Assembly, to fast track the
required changes in the country.
"We need to have a national assembly that is committed to
Nigeria, so that things will move forward," he said.
Aremu also urged Nigerians to shun all forms of violence,
before, during and after the elections.
According to him, no nation thrives under an atmosphere of
rancour and instability.
He said the incoming administration would require peace to
face the challenges of providing vital infrastructure, resuscitating collapsed
industries and providing quality leadership to the nation.