President Goodluck Jonathan, flanked by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi (at his right) and Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima at (center of the picture), gestures as he speaks to internal displaced people from Bag ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Abuja - Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has opposed calls for the postponement of the general elections in terror-stricken the deferment would be unconstitutional.
His area, as well as Adamawa and Yobe States, are under emergency rule owing to terror the Boko Haram sect is waging.
The governor said if the election did not hold, the present administration in the states would be given another six months “to continue in the saddle.”
“It is unfortunate that some sons and daughters of Borno are agitating for postponement of election in the state wholly for political reason,” he said.
He asked them to have a rethink as there is no constitutional provision for a military sole administrator if elections were postponed in troubled states.
“In case election is not held in Borno Governor Kashim Shettima’s government would be extended for six months,” he said.
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The governor claimed that those calling for extension of election are political opponent that are aware they could not win elections.
“That is why they are calling for postponement of elections in the state.”
He said elections had been conducted in troubled countries before and Nigeria should not be an exception.
“Elections were held in Afghanistan, election were held in Somalia, elections were held in Mali, elections were held in Iraq, I see no reason elections should not hold in Borno, so elections must hold in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States,” Shettima argued.
The governor asked all Nigerian to vote for APC in other to realize the desired change for the country.
“Change is in the air. As such, all Nigerians should unite irrespective of race, region, religion and tribe to secure it as presented by APC. It is not because I am in APC, but the People’s Democratic Party has failed.”