APC welcomes Presidency’s denial of pushing for election shift

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the statement by the Presidency/Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that they are not behind the ongoing campaign for next month’s general elections to be shifted, saying both must now back up their words with action by cutting off the funding for the surreptitious campaign immediately.

In a statement issued in Ilorin on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said having seen that the election-shift campaign has been rejected by Nigerians, the Presidency and the PDP have wisely backed away from it, that is if they can be trusted to mean what they say.

However, it called on all Nigerians, as well as local and international observers who have started arriving for the elections, to closely monitor developments as the elections approach, because the Presidency and the PDP have proven time and again that their words are not their bond.

“Election is a process, not a one-day affair. That is why we are delighted that some foreign observers have already arrived for the Feb. 14th and 28th polls. Now they must pay a very close attention to the preparations for the elections, the relentless campaign to shift the polls, including through the use of pseudo analysts and the sponsorship of a rash of court cases seeking to stop the presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, at all cost.

“We know their last joker is the court, amid the unpleasant rumours that a pliable Judge has been procured with millions of dollars to disqualify our candidate. But we strongly believe that the judiciary will do all that is possible to keep its integrity intact and not be a party to desperate efforts to scuttle the elections and trigger a constitutional crisis,” APC said.

The party also called on local and international observers to take note of the threats of violence emanating from a section of the country ahead of the elections.

“The ex-militants from the Niger Delta have openly threatened the very existence of the country if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win the forthcoming presidential election. The implication is that, as far as they are concerned, the votes of the people do not count and elections are won by fiat. This is a recipe for violence and disaster,” it said.

The APC said even though the Presidency and the PDP have belatedly distanced themselves from the threats, their disclaimer is as tepid as it is unreliable, since they are the unseen hands behind the threats anyway.

“This is why we are calling for vigilance from all stakeholders in the next few days before the Feb. 14th and 28th elections. We must not allow desperate politicians to plunge our nation into chaos. Elections are not war, but a celebration of democracy. There will always be winners and losers, hence no one should threaten others if he or she loses,” the party said.


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  • Mr. Abdin

    This is a welcome development now that PDP is denying the call for postponement we hope APC will triump.

  • Wähala

    One more thing…
    Nigerians and the international community must pay close attention to the on-going insurgency in the NE of the country as escalation of terrorist activities is a surreptitious option of this PDP-led Govt. The aim is to scuttle elections in certain parts of Nigeria and deny Gen. Buhari and the APC their chances of securing the 2/3 wins States that is a Constitutional requirement to avoid run-off elections thus, give the PDP a further lease on life to cause more uncertainty and destabilize the country. However welcome the PDP’s lip-service to holding elections are, the courts have proven a dubious source for scuttling elections in Nigeria and the spurious lawsuits alleging perjury despite NA’s admission that they keep all service personnel’s records makes it clear that someone must have tampered with Gen. Buhari’s file and records since Obasanjo himself attested to the records being there even before the 2011 general elections. No blinking! All hands must be on deck to wrestle with the evil forces determined to plunge Nigeria into chaos rather than allow for peaceful transition of power according to the wishes of the masses. Sai Changi, Sai Buhari… Goodluck Buhari !!!

  • justme

    Since PDP has declined any involvement in the call for the postponement of the elections,why all these elongated talks and accusations!,i will advice APC to invest this time spent on baseless accusations on some other relevant matas!