Don’t hold elections in Adamawa, Gov. Ngilari tells INEC

Bala Ngilari

The Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, Tuesday, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone elections in his state to April, citing security concerns.

Mr. Ngilari spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at a workshop on “Internally Displaced Persons and the 2015 General Elections”, organised by INEC.

Presenting his case, the governor said that at least seven Local Government Areas of Adamawa State were currently under the occupation of the Boko Haram sect.

He said, “In Adamawa, I can truly tell you that seven local government areas are under siege. The supposed peace we have is just the peace of the graveyard. To say that the security situation in these local governments are sufficiently stabilised so that we can have these elections on the February 14, 2014, to my mind is fierce.”

His plea was, however, received with jeers and shouts of “no” “no” by those who attended the workshop, which was also attended by the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega.

Although Mr. Jega said he had no such powers to grant the request, insisting that only security agencies could, the governor remained adamant in his request and the jeers continued. The INEC Chairman then appealed to other attendees to allow the Adamawa Governor make his point.

After calm was regained, Mr. Ngilari continued: “That is my position. Anybody is entitled to his views; that is our position. I am the chief security officer. Even as I speak now, this morning Mr. Chairman, there was an attack on Uba on the Borno side which directly affects us in Adamawa.

“Before last Saturday, this situation could be said to have been stabilized until this attack was unleashed on Gombi Local Government. With that attack which completely reverberates across these seven local governments, of course, people would first and foremost be concerned about their dear lives.

“For the first time and about the same time, there was an attack on Biu which has never happened before. Experience has shown that they will go back and regroup and you can never predict when and where they would attack again.”

While praying against terrorist attacks, he reminded the audience that the most critical time for the insurgents to inflict their harm might be during elections.

Interactions with those in IDPs camps, Mr. Ngilari maintained, showed that their primary concern was not even elections, adding that politicians had not even gone to the IDPs to canvass for votes.


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  • amazing2012

    Where are the military ? 7 local governments under Boko and Nigeria army is telling lies of success ! Idiots !!

  • Dankasa

    Mr Ngilari tell it to the Birds!! election will hold as scheduled regardless of all your plots. This your Oga new plot will not work. Religion issue; Buhari’s health; failed, certificate issue; failed now you want to use insecurity, this will not work ooO! You are throwing this now to see our reactions but mark you this will not sale and no power on earth can extend a day beyond May, 29 for Jona, if you think it can work, go ahead, we are waiting. We all know GEJ paid AIT, Silver bird other TV stations N1b each to sale this plot in the country but it will work. America had already told you insurgence will not stop election in Nigeria, Syria, Libya, Mali and Iraq are good example so, we know where you are heading. Dumbo is leaving in May and will surely land in Hague may be with people like you, Jeri Gana and others behind all these killings in the north.

    • hummm

      They are throwing their kitchen sink strategy to the wall with the hope that one of these excuses will stick. If insecurity is their latest reason, then the more reason they need to move over for someone else to reign in security. Its obvious that they cannt effectively execute their job.

  • Richard

    Let the Governor complains to his CnC who is also the chief security officer for the nation. It seems these people have no shame at all. Obama in his State of the Union address said his number one job is to protect America. The leader of your party is the President of the country. What makes you think April would be different from February . This Chang is inevitable. We need it more than ever.

  • hummm

    That inept gov should then resign since he doesnt know why he is a governor. Who votes for this morons sef?