Jittery Jonathan still plotting election postponement, APC says

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday in Lagos said President Goodluck Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are terrified at the prospect of losing the general elections slated for February 14 and 28.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, who addressed a press conference, said it is the fear of losing the election that forms what he calls, clandestine moves by Mr. Jonathan and the PDP to postpone the elections.

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki had recently advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone the election for at least three months to enable all Nigerians collect their Permanent Voters Card, PVC.

“The Jonathan administration’s apologists are hiding under the facade that millions of Nigerians will be disenfranchised if the elections should proceed as scheduled,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed also said proponents of election shift are using the ongoing insurgency in the northeast to call for postponement.

“Again, they are using the terrorist attacks in some parts of the North to advance their election shift argument.

We sincerely hope the recent escalation of the Boko Haram attacks, and the siege on Maiduguri on Sunday, a day after President Jonathan campaigned in the city, are not connected to this sophistry.

“All in all, these arguments in support of election postponement are a smokescreen. The truth is that the forthcoming elections terrify the PDP and the Jonathan Administration to such an extent that they are looking for ways to postpone or scuttle the polls,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said his party was dismayed at the rate at which Mr. Jonathan’s administration continues to pursue the plot to shift the elections.

He said the plot in itself is one of the two-pronged approaches being pursued by the administration to either shift or scuttle the elections.

Mr. Mohammed said apart from postponement over PVC distribution, the other approach is the campaign for Interim Government.

“It is important to state here that for the APC as a party, both options represent the Devil’s Alternative (apologies to British writer Frederick Forsyth, who has a book by the same title), and are totally, absolutely unacceptable to us under any circumstance,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed recalled that Mr. Jonathan met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday in Lagos where the President told the visiting US top diplomat that ”the May 29th handover date is sacrosanct”.

He said for the APC, that statement was not reassuring enough, and that the February 14 and 28 dates for the elections are as sacrosanct as the handover date of May 29.

He said the APC is more assured by the call made by Mr. Kerry, that the elections should be held on time as scheduled.

“Nothing short of that will be acceptable to our party,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed added that since INEC itself said it is ready for the elections, and that it will continue with PVC distribution until the eve of the elections; the orchestrated campaign about INEC not being ready for the elections is “sheer baloney”.

“Now, make no mistakes about it, we are aware of the limitless capacity of the PDP and the Jonathan administration for anti-democratic and desperate actions in pursuit of selfish motives that have nothing to do with the interest of the good people of Nigeria.

“We are aware of the clandestine moves, including reaching out to various interest groups and hiring talking heads to make the television rounds, being made by the administration to get the elections shifted,” he said.

The APC spokesperson said his party is ready for the election.

The PDP had also issued a statement Sunday, saying it is ready for the elections in February.

“APC is ready for the elections, and under no circumstance will we accept a postponement. For us, February 14th and 28th are as sacrosanct as May 29th, the handover date.

“The government has had four years to prepare, and the dates for the elections were announced over a year ago, therefore there is no going back now

“We note that the PDP has also said it is ready for the polls. That is good news. Let them now end their clandestine push for either postponement or the formation of an interim government, stop engaging in scare and scandal mongering and dwell on issues, ahead of the polls,” he said.

The APC said if current administration is genuinely concerned that many Nigerians have not received their PVCs, it should declare a three-day public holiday to give working Nigerians the opportunity to collect their PVCs.

“Let the government work with INEC to ensure that the PVCs are distributed at the polling units. If these steps were followed, within five days, the distribution would have been completed,” he said.


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  • Sword of Damocles

    I see APC is on point as usaual, I am happy, I was not the only one who noticed that PHD Presido said that “MAY 29th” handover date was sancrosant, he did not say the same for election day Feb 14th. To change the date without the approval of the NASS and both political parties, is tantamount to a COUP D’ETAT and treason. O boy no be force, read our lips:
    We do not want your looting, treasonous Legacy, OK!!. please Begone, and dont go very FAR, for there is the “small matter” of all the funds looted by you & your cronies in the PDP that must returned or you and your families will be hounded HERE or ABROAD.

    • Willpower

      UNDER WHAT LAW IS MUHAMMADU BUHARI QUALIFIED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT NEXT MONTH?
      ABSOLUTELY NONE. THE 1999 CONSTITUTION SAYS NONE – UNLESS HE DOES THE FOLLOWING:

      • Sword of Damocles

        Good Job, You are soooo original,now here’s a doggy biscuit, and be quiet.

  • the truth

    A situation where according to inec figures 86 percent of pvcs have been distributed to the 19 northern states and 56 percent of pvcs have been distributed to southern states. If this doesnt bother u guys then am out of words

  • tundemash

    The APC said if current administration is genuinely concerned that many Nigerians have not received their PVCs, it should declare a three-day public holiday to give working Nigerians the opportunity to collect their PVCs.

    Another contructive criticism and suggestion from APC. But if Dumbo wishes to end up packing his bag shoeless across across the river, let him postpone the elections; he won’t be the one to organse another one for sure; let him ask IBB (far smarter than him)

  • Omo’oodua

    APC HAS NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR 2015 ELECTION

    “Professor Jega of INEC is only trying to shift responsibility by saying people
    opposed to Buhari’s qualification for the polls should go to court. I heard the
    APC saying Buhari has been contesting election for the past 12 years,
    and that nobody said anything about it, so, why now? And my answer,
    in form of question is, if someone has been committing robbery and
    getting away with it, the day he is caught, you are now asking,
    why has he not been caught all this while? Buhari is not qualified.
    That is the law”.

    ……………..Chief Ayo Adebanjo

    (Afenifere Chieftain)

    (January 25th, 2015)

    • Omo’oodua

      ……THERE IS THEREFORE NO REASON TO POSTPONE THE ELECTION
      SINCE THE APC PARTY HAS NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE UNTIL

      • tundemash

        Good on you. Atleast no one is deceiving you, you are the one deceiving yourself.

      • Funso

        How now Ọmọ àlè? Ọmọ àlè ni Fẹ́mi Fàníkáyọ̀dé.

    • Ken

      But what exactly is the business of Alhaji Lai Mohammed with presidential election?
      His party – APC – cannot participate in the presidential election under Nigerian law.
      For that election, a candidate must deliver a copy of his claimed certificate to INEC.
      Muhammed Buhari claimed he has WASC but did not attach it and can’t deliver it.
      That intentional failure throws out APC from next month’s presidential election.

      • tundemash

        Lai Mohammed is a Nigerian. he has more interest in FeBuhari 14th far more than America that sent Senator Kerry to come warn Dumbo they would fry his a*s if he dares try the Abacha trick !

        And last time I checked no one has gone to court check over Buhari so where is your hallucination coming from ?

      • Muktsa

        I guess na you write the law

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  • Dankasa

    Men! These guys are well equips and prepares to take Nija to the dreamland, sentiment aside ooO!

  • BREAKING NEWS

    What did he say about the WASC and the fact that APC has a disqualified Presidential Candidate who is known to Nigerians as a man without integrity ?

    • HistoryisGood

      The Courts are now open as the strike is over. So contact FKK to do the necessary.

    • Wähala

      Go ask the courts, FFK is wanted there for forgery, he won’t dare go… help him out. Didinrin!

  • Wähala

    I also noticed the avoidance of Feb. 14 in both Dumbo ati Metuh’s statements and commented about it, but it is paramount to state that any tout in the military would be right to stage a coup d’état claiming he’s defending the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria… and he would be right! That’s the angst, no to military rule was said a long time ago and Nigeria simply can’t afford to lose-it-all now bcos of one man’s blind & misguided ambitions. Mba kwa o! Alhaji Lai Mohammed has a point. Dumbo ati PDP must come out and categorically state that elections must hold as scheduled and handover effected without buruhala so the entire Africa doesn’t go ablaze. Wallahi! Nothing can stop the Change that is ordained in Heaven… No barga! Nigerians are simply tired of the PDP and are ready to say so… Schikena!

    • tundemash

      For once i want to believe Dumbo will not dare the will of the Nigerian people nor the might of America. Obama didn’t just sit in America and release a statement , the fact that he sent down his most important emissary shows the seriousness America attach to the history date FeBuhari 14th.
      I repeat if Dumbo attempt to shift the election by just a day, he won’t be the one to organise another one. IBB was smart enough to escape with his loot, Abacha took his luck too far and ended bwlow the ground. Dumbo has a choice between those two !

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Mess mess. when e begin you go first mess your pants.
        Spitting from behind the screen in a cyber cafe like you have a piece of liver.
        mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew.

        • tundemash

          The cl0wn has finally been released from the amnesty camp to come foul the forum again. I challenge you to say two inteligent sentences …. just two !

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Mess mess.

          • tundemash

            You didn’t disappoint; equating two words to two sentences and Dumbo claimed to be busy building Almajiri schools when his e-rats evidently need education too !

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Putrid mess. Clean up. Abeg.

          • tundemash

            Creek monkey, the day you are able to make two constructive sentences, i will shout halleluyah !

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Constructive mess.
            Make a soakaway.
            Mess.

  • By popular demand

    APC HAS NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR 2015 ELECTION

    “Professor Jega of INEC is only trying to shift responsibility by saying people
    opposed to Buhari’s qualification for the polls should go to court. I heard the
    APC saying Buhari has been contesting election for the past 12 years,
    and that nobody said anything about it, so, why now? And my answer,
    in form of question is, if someone has been committing robbery and
    getting away with it, the day he is caught, you are now asking,
    why has he not been caught all this while? Buhari is not qualified.
    That is the law”.

    ……………..Chief Ayo Adebanjo

    (Afenifere Chieftain)

    • Joe

      But that is the truth. I respect yorubas so much because of their sophistications. This chief told the truth. Buhari is not qualified.

  • Charly

    THE MANIPULATION OF THE JUDICIARY STAFF UNION OF NIGERIA (JUSUN) BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE THREAT TO MY LIFE.

    “I am Isaiah
    Adetola the National Secretary of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria
    (JUSUN). I am constrained to issue this statement and to say that I will
    not support the use of JUSUN as a political tool for politicians or to
    be used by Federal Government a second time.

    At the first instance, the Attorney General of the Federation, Hon.
    Bello Adoki came to the Union to appeal that we should go on strike so
    we can prevent the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court from
    pronouncing on the eligibility of Mr. President to run the election in
    2015 and to also shutout politicians, who may be dissatisfied with the
    outcome of the PDP primaries and might want to initiate pre-election
    suit. I opposed the idea, but because of the volume of resources the AG
    mobilized for the state chapters, including Abuja and the National
    Secretariat, I was shutdown by members.

    Accordingly, they crafted
    a reason for JUSUN which they gave as the alleged refusal of the
    Executive Arm of Government at the Federal and State levels to comply
    with the January 13, 2014 judgment delivered by Justice Adeniyi Ademola
    of the Federal High Court and we adopted. Today the courts are closed.

    Now the Attorney General wants JUSUN to call off the strike because
    they want some persons to go to Court to stop the 2015 General Election
    that is scheduled for next month. I have opposed this just as I did for
    the strike, but this time around they are willing to provide JUSUN even
    double the first amount. My colleagues are excited and expectant.

    I couldn’t have cared less of the their money, however, I am constrain
    to bring these facts to the PUBLIC DOMAIN because my life is now under
    treat. I have receive several anonymous called threaten to kill me
    should I continue to refuse to sign for the reopening of the courts. Let
    me use this medium to reassure members of JUSUN that I shall not yield
    to such threat. It is not in the interest of the Nation.

    Please,
    may I also use this medium to also notify Nigerians that should anything
    happen to me, they should know which direct to look at.

    Long live JUSUN

    long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Sign

    I. Adetola

    January 25, 2015

    • Gurian

      The courts should be open. People are languishing in prison.

  • Okafor Emeka

    Naïve APC,always brash and hasty. These silly media propaganda and your hired e-rants won’t help you. Your defeat at the polls is imminent. PDP will inflict heavy damage on you.

  • Musa Yaro

    Lai Mohammed cool down. APC is like Omo; when you put water in a half bucket of water and you put Omo, when you stir it, within one minute it will fill the bucket, after 10 to 15 minutes the water will go down and the foam is no more. Nobody will be surprised if GEJ is re-elected next month. Sai Jonathan!

  • Omo’oodua

    APC HAS NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE 2015 ELECTION.
    THE APC NEED NOT WORRY MUCH ABOUT THAT 2015 ELECTION.
    WHAT APC SHOULD RATHER WORRY ABOUT AT THIS MOMENT IS:

    • Funso

      Ọmọ àlè ni Fẹ́mi Fàníkáyọ̀dé.

  • Juliet Okoro

    Lying Mohammed knows that APC is a failed project and whenever he is high after taking his drugs and cigarettes, he comes out talking without facts. This time buhari will cry blood and retire from politics

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    I raised issues bordering around the fact that Jonathan and the PDP, having seen the sudden downturn of things, would do anything to remain in power. I could only blame the National Assembly by refusing to consider a call for earlier elections to hold on the basis of a lack of confidence vote regarding this government’s monumental failure in performance. They have become part of the problems facing this nation. They have instead gone back to their mostly unenlightened electorates in search of mandates for higher office. They would do no such thing, therefore, to arouse the sleeping dog, so to state. Now we are left with the tedious task of dismantling a government we’d voted into office now fighting with bare knuckles against our will.

    I would also like to ask the APC to brace up, because they would need to tell us more about how they intend to fulfill their promises. Unfortunately, we have dissipated so much energy and wasted time discussing non issues, time during which we should have fleshed out the details of this and other issues before the election deadline. APC should better prepare to sell us their programmed, by going beyond statements of intent to that of where they would get the resources from with which to bring their lofty plans to fruition.

  • King Carlos

    Carry on Chief Lai Muhammed. We’re close to the finish line.

  • Abdullahi Adamu

    APC should stop have this exaggerated impression of themselves. PDP will beat APC any day and anytime at the polls.Buhari is simply not good enough.

    • Aliyu Muhammad

      Thief you are not abdullahi adamu, you are okonkwo nze you hide behind hausa name

  • olawale

    It practically impossible for the PDPigs to postpone the election…we all after the fast Change…APC all the way

  • metson

    Beautiful suggestion Mr Lai, but the winning of the forth coming election rest in the hands of God. Let the people decides.

  • ABUBAKAR A.

    POSTPONE FEBRUARY ELECTION? NO WAY. IT MUST HOLD. THEY HAVE NOT SEEN ANY PROSPECTS FOR RIGGING THAT IS WHY THEY RESORT TO THE IDEA OF POSTPONEMENT. NO WAY IT MUST HOLD.

  • Aliyu Muhammad

    Thank you sir, as for feb14 election no going back forward ever backward never not by a single day if they are not satisfied with the pvc distribution let them declare 3days as you suggest., but postponement never

  • olamide martins

    Am actually flustered as to why an election slated for feb 14 would be postponed over cooked up issues. If they like let APC assume the election to be tomorrow. Goodluck is always ready and will definitely win Buhari by a greater margin. He is fulfilling his mandate and I dont see any reason why he is to step down from office for a man who as little inclination about his countries affairs.

  • Ahmed usman

    Y Would PDP think of postponing an election that they have already won, guys use your head abeg. Maybe lai Mohammed is on drugs as usual

  • Wole benson

    This is a smoke screen by APC to admitting early defeat. Don’t feel sad, let the people decide, it’s obvious who. GEJ