The Senate President, David Mark, has denied calling for the reschedule of general elections next year over insecurity.
Mr. Mark came under attack weekend over his earlier comment that ”there is no question of elections, it is not even on the table now. We are in a state of war”.
Opposition party, All Progressives Congress, said the senate president may have spoken the mind of the government, whose intention the party said may be to shelve the polls over claims of insecurity.
The party said the statement reflects the thinking in government circles, even though the Senate President, having run into a wall of opposition over his unfortunate statement, has tried to step back from the comments.
”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,” the party said.
“Simply put, the Administration has been playing dirty politics with Boko Haram, at the expense of the lives and property of the citizenry and the well-being of the nation.”
But in a statement Monday, Mr. Mark denied calling for the postponement of the 2015 election.
Mr. Mark said in the course of debate in the Senate chambers last week he had argued that the Boko Haram insurgency, which was the subject of the debate, must be addressed now and not election matters.
“I did not call for the forthcoming general election to be postponed,” Mr. Mark was quoted in the statement as saying.
The statement was signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja.
The statement advised the APC to desist from “misleading” the public, denying that Mr. Mark made the comments last Tuesday.