How Council of State rejected postponement of elections

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, governors have given details of what transpired at the meeting of the National Council of State, which held at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday.

The council had met to consider a proposal to postpone the general elections billed for 14 and 28 of this month.

According to APC governors, after spending the day listening to relevant bodies such as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and top echelons of the nation’s security apparatus, the council decided that the election should go on as planned.

Speaking under the banner of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, the APC governors expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting.

In a communiqué signed by its Chairman and Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, after the meeting, the governors said they were satisfied by the assurances given by INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki on the state of preparedness for the 14th and 28th February General elections.

”The Chairman of INEC assured Council that INEC is ready to proceed with elections scheduled emphasizing, in his own words, that ‘ our accomplishments are to such a degree that we can conduct the elections.

“Compared with the 2011 General Elections, for instance, our systems are definitely more robust. We believe that we are ready for the elections as planned,” Mr. Jega was quoted as saying.

According to the Communiqué, NSA Dasuki pointed to ongoing security challenges in 14 Local Government Areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Mr. Dasuki had last month called for the postponement of the polls on the grounds that many Nigerians would be disenfranchised because it was practically impossible for all registered voters to get their Permanent Voters Cards, PVC, before the scheduled dates of the election.

His argument for a postponement of the election due to security concerns in the North East Thursday was a shift from his earlier position.

The communiqué by APC governors said they noted the concerns Mr. Dasuki expressed at the meeting.

The governors also said that the proposal for a shift was backed by all governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, despite the assurances given by INEC.

The APC governors advised all state governors to engage the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN with a view to resolving the strike by judicial staff in the states.


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  • Umar Nuhu Galadima

    So it’s now clear dat PDP is behind election postponment all along. Shegu

    • Ishaq

      14 LGS under the control of Gen Shekau of the republic of Boko Haram, and you want elections postponed. What if the polls are shifted by 1-month, for instance and by that time 50 LGS have been won by C-I-C of BH, what happens. By the way, what was the percentage of Nigerian voters who participated in the election that ushered in GEJ. All this story and excuse is bull shit and bunkum. Go Nigeria go. Go INEC go. God Bless Nigeria.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    APC should have also told us how the former presideNts voted, since they are out to demonise the PDP goverors. Must everybody thiNk one way

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      And the PDP Governors do not have their own mouths?

  • Baba Messi

    “The governors also said that the proposal for a shift was backed by all governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, despite the ASSURANCES GIVEN BY INEC”.

    Personally, I would love these elections to be done with..but I see some element of selfishness exhibited by these govnrs. Is the issue the ‘assurances given by INEC ‘ alone?? Were there any ‘assurances’ by the NSA?? No matter what we may think about the current regime, the NSA is privy to much more than the rest of us. Anyone who dismisses an NSA’s opinion with a wave of the hand does so at his/her own peril.
    What is the constitutional implication of not being able to hold elections in (14) LGA’s of the country?
    Will any of those APC govnrs(and online supporters) be ready to volunteer themselves or their wards to go monitor elections in these war torn areas??

    *is that not the guy that won the online polls but gallantly lost elections in ALL LGA’S in Ekiti state?? So why is PT referring to him as ‘APC Governor’??
    Abeg PT, edit that picture jor!

    • SiB

      14 LGA’s out of 774 LGA’s in 9ja is approx. 1.8%. Do you want election to be postponed ‘forever’ because of 1.8%? Election should hold as planned and whoever wins should bring all Nigerians on board to put a total stop to this useless insurgency.

    • bobby

      It would always be difficult for you to understand the implications of postponement rather than going ahead with the Elections because of your Parochial leanings. For all PDP or APC Govs to all be gathered on one side of the divided then you know it’s political reasons for both sides. Depending on who has chances of winning or losing, COS has made the right decision.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      “Anyone who dismisses an NSA’s opinion with a wave of the hand does so at his/her own peril.” – Baba Messi.

      Well, I have news for you.

      Boko haram has done so, it is doing so, will continue doing so and all to the peril of the NSA!

      When an ant waves its fists in anger, the mountains do not tremble!

      • Baba Messi

        I have news for you too;
        The Boko Boys are ‘not doing so’.
        They are getting killed daily!
        None of the sides take each others words lightly Mr Kay.
        Only extremely prejudiced people like you who play politics with every issue will dismiss an NSA’s words with a wave of the hand.
        Bros, you are just one of those lawyers without a conscience who just argue blindly to push thru a view no matter how dumb it is.
        Keep playing politics with human lives..

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Baba Messy, stop messing around.

          Boko is being “sorted out” by Chadian and Niger Soldiers, not by your toothless NSA.

          Stop being clever by half.

          We now know the mettle of the “Generals” that Aso Rock is using on the battlefield, unless you are pretending that you have not heard the audio evidence of the Ekiti State election rigging.

          Dig your head out of uranus as fast as you can. Valentine Day is just around the corner, my friend.

    • wheingo

      You are talking of election in Ekiti tate, did you listen to the audio recording by Capt. Koli on how the election was rigged by the use of the Nigeria army? reason well and get a life man.

    • ifeanyi

      Bros messi, you have warned not to dismisses an NSA’s opinion with a wave of the hand. Good. If the election is shifted, can NSA guarantee election in those 14 LGAs on the new date? what can he do then that he has not been able to do now? Can INEC guarantee that 100% of the PVC will be given out? bearing in mind that some of those cards belong to dead, relocated, uninterested Nigerian. Factoring all this situations, are you saying because of 14 LGAs in the NE, the entire election should be put on hold until we sort them out and Jona government will remain intact until then, no matter how long.

      you never offered a concrete solution to situation at hand apart from just shift election

    • Dr. Mallam Mahdi

      We are not talking about Ekiti state governor but election shift, is there another any concrete reason for that? INEC says it is ready for it, what else again?

  • Khadijah D.

    Just like what Gov. Nyako said “Last kicks of a dying horse”

    GEJ/PDP knew their corrupt game is over!!!!



  • Frank Bassey

    The PDP governors should also tell us what transpired at the CoS meeting. APC is propaganda livid and only those who applaud forgers as leaders will accept this lock, stock and barrel.

  • murtala bg

    The system is becoming stronger,manipulations are increasingly becoming difficult. Long live Nigeria Democracy!!! Jonathan should just give up.

  • ehizofua

    Nigerians now know APC as ever complainant party. The party once complained that inec was not ready for the elections as their members in state like lagos have not been issued their pvc. Now the same party is coming up with a different tune. Hope when the election is conducted next week and won by pdp, this fascist, manipulative, revolutionist, propagandist, non-democratic and desperate party will not change their tune against. A party that is inconsistent with the things they and do. A fairweather party, whose campaign strategy is to hoodwink Nigerians with its farce “change “slogan. Nigerians wait to see what happen to Apc as a party after the election. Nigerians need patriotic, issue based, ideological opposition parties, but not Apc.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    The inept NSA wants the election postponed because he has failed to mobilize the security apparatus to defeat an insurgency. It is only in Nigeria where we pay exorbitant costs for failure which then becomes a bragging right. The PDP through its windbags has denied being behind the poll shift but all its governors at the COS meeting wanted a postponement thereby proving to Nigerians they are not trustworthy. The PDP travesty is grinding to a halt on Valentine’s day, surely.

  • mk

    14 LGC cannot make the PDP desperation comes true..election most hold..PDP plan B is not over yet.

  • thusspokez

    I read the the Sahara Reporter version of what transpired in that room and it was completely different. They claimed that in that meeting, chaired by the President, the President had pushed for the postponement of the election. Is this how low and rubbish the Sahara Reporter has become?

  • Bumaty

    This is unfair, why did inec chairman have chosen the date since year 2013.. when they know that Boko Haram are causing trouble in the north, this is typically a great partion of the election. Why do this come true Nigeria. corruption reigns forever.

  • Darul-Quyyum

    This is unfair. Nigeria peoples are you sleeping ?, gaaaaaaa

  • ucheJ

    APC will do any thing within their power to go on with the election. Even with the danger of insecurity in 14 States becase they hat ched all their plans with Ataluru Jega they don’t mind if Nigeria will burn tomorrow or innocent life’s wasted how selfish can they be simply becase they want power at all cost GMB can never ever rull Nigeria again.