10 political parties reject calls for poll shift

Ten registered political parties on Thursday kicked against the demand by 16 other parties that this month’s general elections be postponed.

They stated their position at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

The parties made their stand known a day after Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, similarly rejected the call for the delay of the polls.

The APC Chairman, John Oyegun, had during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said the party would not accept the postponement of the elections.

The 16 parties and four presidential candidates had at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to shift the dates of the elections originally scheduled for February 14 and 28.

The parties said the current security situation in the north east zone of the country and the untidy manner the Commission handled the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, informed their demand.

They also threatened to boycott the polls if their demand was not met.

However, the 10 parties said on Thursday that they were shocked at the conduct of 16 of their colleagues “who have joined the infamous campaign to scuttle Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy by calling for the postponement of the general election barely a week before the election is to commence.”

The parties are the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM; African Peoples Alliance, APA; KOWA Party; Mega Progressives Peoples Party, MPPP; Social Democratic Party, SDP; African Democratic Congress, ADC; Hope Democratic Party, HDP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; United Progressives Party, UPP; Accord Party, AP.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms possible, this underhand and undemocratic tactic meant to plunge our country into anarchy, on top of the debilitating state of insecurity which has become pervasive in the land,” the parties said.

“The call for the postponement of the general election has nothing to do with the preparedness of Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct the election or the pace of distribution and collection of Permanent Voters Card.

“INEC, the authority empowered by law to fix the date of the election had said, countless times, it is ready and prepared to conduct a free, fair and credible election on February 14th and 28th. As a matter of fact, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of INEC and his colleagues in the Commission had stated time and time again, that they had four years to prepare for the election and they will deliver better election this time around.

“The military led by the Chief of Defence Staff had guaranteed adequate security on land and air for a successful and safe conduct of the 2015 general election.”

They argued that the assurances ought to have settled the fears about the security of lives and property as well as of the electorates and INEC officials.

The parties also said governors and citizens of the States under attack by insurgents had not complained either to INEC or the executive and legislative arms of government that their citizens would be disenfranchised if elections were held in their states.

They alleged that the call for the shift in the dates of the election was “orchestrated by one of the political parties which had continued to invest huge sums of money to ensure the elections do not hold as scheduled, out of fear of losing power for the first time since 1999.”

They said the nation’s democracy had come of age and that Nigerians were ready for change.

“We will not allow desperation and power-mongering to scuttle it and will do whatever is necessary to defend it and ensure that the general election holds as scheduled,” they vowed.

The parties also called on INEC not to be intimidated by desperate elements and to proceed with its preparations for the general election as scheduled.

Stating that “these are trying times,” they said it was not the first time desperate and undesirable elements would come together to scuttle Nigeria’s democracy for their selfish ends.

“We remember June 12, 1993 and the role played by these elements to scuttle Nigeria’s democracy and the chain of events which ensued. It is not surprising that the same characters are again at work,” they said.

They assured the Commission they will stand by it, “shoulder to shoulder, to ensure our democracy is not undermined.”

The parties stressed, “We urge all major stakeholders, especially well meaning Political Parties and their Presidential candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the National Assembly as well as all the security agencies in the country to stand together to ensure that the 2015 General Election is conducted as scheduled and guarantee that Nigeria survives to face another general election in 2019.

“We call on friends of Nigeria and the International community at large to stand with Nigeria in these very trying times and put pressure on the authorities to comply with the timetable of democratic elections as released by INEC.

“We call on Nigerians to be vigilant and protect their hard-earned democracy and their freedom to choose those who will govern them. Nigerians must know freedom is not given on a platter of gold. It is earned and, like all truly democratic nations, the time has come for us to earn our freedom from those whose agenda is to subjugate us for sixty uninterrupted years whether we like it or not. The alternative to this is to allow ourselves and our children to be enslaved by those who do not wish us and our country well.”

They also said henceforth their slogan would be “On February 14 we stand.”

On Wednesday, Mr. Oyegun said the APC was “encouraged by the fact that INEC has restated in clear and unambiguous terms its determination and ability to conduct the elections as planned.”


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  • Garba S

    10 parties vs 16 parties.
    10 against and 16 for. We wait to see what happens.

    • paul eneke

      No! its FRAUDULENT 16 for and RIGHTEOUS 10 against.All of the 16 will be called before Nigerians to explain when the time comes.IJN

    • tundemash

      Fixing election date isn’t up for election so 16 for and 10 against doesn’t matter. And nowhere in the world do students dictate to the examiner what date to shift exams whose date has been known a year earlier.
      What matters is that the body consitutionally empowered to fix and organise election, INEC says it is ready !

      • tyson

        Tell yr APC people to stop the madness—about elections being postponed or not and concentrate on how they are going to fix buhari sabikate

        • tundemash

          Deri cl0wn … your Jona just lost out at the Council of States meeting again. Elections mst go on contrary to the wishes of your paymasters . Go and lick your wounds and prepare for life without amnesty awoof after may 29th !

  • Guguru

    Excellent statement by the opposing parties.

  • shegxy

    Jonothing

    • Otile

      FailBuhari

      • shegxy

        Jonathanians , Internet warriors go and get your PVC

      • Sani

        It is just a matter of time. You will see it koro-koro with your own eyes come Febuhari 14.

  • Yoni

    A BREAK-UP or CONFEDERATION is inevitable.
    ===============================

    Whether you shit elections forward, backwards or sideways (like IBB did), there is one determinant that you can never shift. My oil & gas resources in my Niger Delta (South) & Eastern Nigeria.

    Nigeria is where it is today because neither the Igbo (who are inherently businesslike ) nor a citizen from the TRUE deep South has had the opportunity to govern except Jonathan who has performed marvelously well amidst artificial challenges engineered by certificate-less Duncee who, like his fellow Northerners threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable.

    It is therefore insanity at its height for anyone to expect the South South people to accept another alien as President…even after Dr Jonathan completes his term in 2019, the Niger Delta will still not accept that any aliens have control over its resources. Therefore, a BREAK UP or CONFEDERATION is inevitable.

    • Fadahunsi

      Yes. We need change. We need restructuring. Give power to the regions.

  • Wakawa Aliyu

    The oil will soon dry up….then you become destitute fishermen….while fertile agricultural lands in the south west and North will be there till eternity

    • tyson

      @ wahala———B4 oil the ijaws depended on fishing——————and farming—-our lands and rivers have been destroyed by Nigeria–and the thieves in turban–Again–the white traders did not arrive the niger delta in the 15 century to trade in oil–they came for palm—-oil—————which we still have in d creeks—the sand from the zone alone is a huge foreign exchange earner-besides the entire country depends on our natural gas——————–for light———————–there are states in the Gulf–like Dubai who only make use of their gas resources——to feed their population—-mumu—-the SS does not need u—u need them

    • Mudiaga

      If you were not a miserable dunce, you would have realized the stuuupidity of believing in antics of the North by referring to your region as South West and referring to the North without its aligning secondary cardinal co-ordinates/compass. I mean why didn’t you simply say West and North? Why South West and then North? Or better still, why didn’t you say North West?

      My Dear, those tricks of the Hausa Fulani which they call monolitic North don’t work anymore. What we have is South, North, West and East. These are the 4 cardinal points. Therefore, in a break up, you will go with your West. Don’t ever dream having the sympathy of the oily South. Parasite like you… Nonsense!

  • tyson

    PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has said he deserved re-election because it is

    only his administration that has programmes for a progressive future for
    Nigeria.

    Addressing a mammoth crowd of Deltans and other Nigerians who turned out
    for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential rally in Asaba, Delta
    State yesterday (04/02/2015), the President stated that his administration
    believed in the unity of Nigeria and a country which will take its pride
    of place in the comity of nations.

    According to him, his administration has empowered Nigerian youths and
    provided programmes that will position the youths and women for future
    challenges.

    While noting that Delta State through his administration’s efforts is
    playing host to the first Maritime University in Africa, the President
    also, stated that the state was host to a 16 billion dollar gas city
    project which would generate employment opportunities for Delta youths and
    Nigerians.

    “We want to make sure that our people go to school that is why we are
    building the Maritime University in the state, the first in Africa, we are
    also building the 16 billion dollars gas city in the state, the biggest
    oil and gas investment in Africa,” the President said, asserting, “the
    Maritime University will train our youths to take the rightful place in
    the Maritime Industry in the world while the Gas City project will provide
    employment for our teeming youths.”

    • tyson

      so why is APC making these fake noise-about elections-to distract our attention from the fake buhari certificate issue?

      • Sani

        It seems you are the only person who is still making a fuss on Buhari’s certificates. I think the PDP and its mouthpiece realised that they do not have a case at hand and that is why they had to drop the charge. The Cambridge Assessment has cleared the air on all the issues raised by the PDP. They indicated that Hausa was amongst the papers set for the exam in 1961, Buhari is the only person who can ask for the release of his result which in effect indicates the Buhari did sat for the exams in 1961, They have destroyed PDP’s claim that the grading was not in figures but in letters. PDP has no case. Even the orchestrated court suits will all end in a disaster for the PDP.

      • Olu Ade

        Mr. get over it, you are the only one left dancing naked in the market square. Can’t you see the spectators looking at you…you are a loner!

  • Eze1

    Abeg do Election Joor

  • Frank Bassey

    Duncee should be told to come for debate. We will ignore his certificate. Let him just come

    • Olu Ade

      If there is a Duncee, there should be a Dunceer somehere, which we don’t know but there is definitely a Dunceesest in Aso Rock that we are going to sack on FeBuhari 14. I can’t wait.

  • tyson

    APC Will Chase Away Pastors Adeboye, Oritsejafor and Oyedepo when we win the Presidential election – Gov Amaechi