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Opposition fears public revolt over poll deferment

2015-02-11 08:56
Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress Presidential Council Organisation (APCPCO) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling party to explain their alleged involvement in the recent postponement of the elections.

This, it said, would avert unrest and possible civil disobedience.

APCPCO said the “embedded vested interest” and “sinister motives” behind the polls postponement could scuttle the country’s hard-earned democracy amid the wave of negative speculation in the public domain.

The organisation, through a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, frowned at the so-called unholy alliance between the Jonathan government, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the military for the purposes of subverting the franchise of the people in the rescheduled presidential and other elections to March 28 and April 11 respectively.

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“If the witch cried in the night and the baby died in the morning, it would not be a mere coincidence. Hence, the body of civilised and democratic people around the world believes that the security excuse used by this unpopular government to prolong the polls is untrue and pretentious,” read a statement.

“What type of democracy allows compromising security chiefs to determine when elections would hold or not? Now, the National Security Adviser (NSA) has become the megaphone for this government.

"He went to Chatham House in the UK to call for election postponement which he has now obtained. Next, he claims he would crush Boko Haram within six weeks. What if he can’t, will there be a further excuse to extend the elections and create constitutional impasse? Nigerians are no fools and nobody can pull soiled cotton over our eyes anymore.”

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APCPCO said it was inundated with information as to how this government wanted to tamper with due process by discrediting Independent National Electoral Commission and even sack its Chairman, Attahiru Jega, raise false alarms, rig the election with military connivance and eventually scuttle democracy, replacing it with an interim government.

“For all we know and can see, the contraption of an interim government has no place in the constitution as former President Obasanjo said.”

It added that Jonathan must come clean on these allegations.

“He is the Commander-in-Chief, and not the NSA. Hence he must, as a matter of urgency, speak to the nation and the world on these salient allegations. A refusal would make him the historic President who doesn’t give a damn while on national assignment.”

INEC deferred the elections citing security concerns.

- CAJ News
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