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APC opposes reported plans to defer 2015 polls

22 September 2014, 09:04

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) said it would not accept the postponement of the 2015 general elections.

The position follows comments credited to Senate President, David Mark, that the ongoing terror made the atmosphere unconducive to conduct elections.

In a statement issued in Lagos, APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said those who were "flying the kite" of pushing forward the election ostensibly because the nation was at war were trying to imperil the nation's democracy.

"Election is the lifeblood of democracy, the mechanism by which modern representative democracy operates. 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."

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"Therefore, anyone that tries to sabotage this mechanism is aiming a dagger straight at the heart of democracy," it said.

APC said the statement credited to Mark reflected the thinking in government circles.

"We in the APC saw this coming, and we have said it at several fora: That the Jonathan Administration has deliberately allowed the insurgency in the North-east, an opposition stronghold, to fester so he can cash in on it to get re-elected."

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APC said the statement by Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Attahiru Jega, that the organisation had started preparing for elections even in the North-east, represented a ray of hope but warned the electoral body to remain steadfast and not to cave in to what it alleged would be massive pressure to scuttle the 2015 elections.

APC said just like Jega has said, countries like Afghanistan and Iraq successfully held elections even though they were in a state of war, hence there was no reason why Nigeria could organize elections because of the insurgency in a part of the country.

"We know the Jonathan administration is mortally afraid to face the electorate, having failed woefully to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. We know many elected officials are also aware that they will be punished by the electorate because they have failed them (the electorate)."

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