16 parties, 4 presidential candidates threaten boycott if general elections are not postponed

Sixteen political parties and four presidential candidates have called for the postponement of the general elections.

This was made known on their behalf by the presidential candidate of the United Democratic Party, UDP, Godson Okoye, on Tuesday at a news conference in Abuja.

Among the parties are United Democratic Party, UDP; the Citizen Peoples Party, CPP; the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN; the Action Alliance, AA; the Peoples Democratic Congress, PDC; the Labour Party, LP; Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN; Alliance for Democracy, AD; the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; and the Independent Democrat, ID.

The other presidential candidates who want the election dates shifted are Sam Ekeh of CPP, Anifowose Kelani of AA, and Ganiyu Galadima of ACPN.

There are 26 registered parties and 14 presidential candidates.

The presidential and the national assembly elections are fixed for February 14 while the governorship and state houses of assembly comes up on February 28.

The parties said the current security challenge in the north east zone of the country and the untidy manner the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, handled the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card informed their “patriotic” call for the postponement of the polls.

They said a credible election could not hold in a country where a geo- political zone would be practically excluded due to insecurity.

They said the threat of violence and use of indecent languages had been a clear breach of the peace pact signed by the 14 presidential candidates last month.

“We the concerned leaders of political parties have observed some dangerous trends, which if not checked may negatively and adversely affect our democracy”, the parties said.

They also argued that the postponement of the election would not in any way contravene the provisions of Section 25 and 26 of the Electoral Act. According to him, it would give the electoral body adequate time to distribute the remaining PVCs to registered voters.

They said, “We are not urging INEC to do anything that is unlawful, illegal or unconstitutional. It is unfortunately becoming clear by the day that most Nigerians appear not to be ready for election but are ready for violence”.

They said they would not participate in the election if INEC failed to heed their call to shift the elections.

They also criticised the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, for meeting only the PDP and APC presidential candidates, President Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari during his recent visit to Nigeria.

Also on Tuesday, the presidential candidate of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chekwas Okorie, kicked against calls for the postponement of the polls.

He said since INEC had admitted that over 80 per cent of the PVCs had been distributed, there was no need shifting the elections.

He also argued that there is no country in the world, including the United States, where 80 per cent of the voting population participated in an election.

Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, had earlier spoken against postponing the elections.

Since the National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, canvassed the shift in the dates of the polls two weeks ago, many Nigerians and groups have also joined in the call or disagreed with him.

A group of youth numbering about 100 also protested at INEC head office in Abuja on Monday calling for the delay in the conduct of the polls.


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  • farouq

    Wuru wuru parties..liers
    Election must hold

  • objective

    Who are these people? Honestly I have never heard of them or their parties. These are the comedians of the race. Well, it is good for a laugh. Haha!

  • Dan Arewa

    Attention seeking hunting dogs of shoeless dumbo-sambo.

    Where are those clueless PDPigs who have been discrediting any insider stories aired by Premium Times? This will prove to you that PT is always correct on the stories about the dumbo’s attention of scuttling the election. Just few days ago PT came up with this story that PDPigs are planning to use demonstrators, armies and all other avenues to see to the postponement of the election. I feel sorry for shoeless dumbo-sambo because comes rain or sunshine, they must vacate aso villa on 29th may.

  • dd

    The election must be postponed.

    • Dan Arewa


      • dd

        I have not receive my pvc till now. None of my family member got. We are still being told to wait. While all of you in the north already got yours, courtesy of jagajaga

        • Hah!

          ……always looking for loopholes, complaining and blaming others for there failures. these are the habits of losers.

          • dd

            Of course, Jagaga is a loser for not able to distribute common PVC with all the billion allocated.

          • Hah!

            No! I disagree. the real looser is at the Top and we all know him.

        • Ay Pointblank

          How can you get your PVC when it’s obvious you will mis-use it? If we are waiting for idiots like you to get their PVCs first, it means elections will never hold. For your information, nothing will shift that election

  • nikoroorire

    What is the electoral value of these muchroom parties and their so-called unknown presidential candidates? They are all clowns. The will of God will eventually manifest itself as the international community is watching the antics of the FGN.

    • McAlfred Uta

      They have the same right as PDP and APC. If you don’t like them there are Nigerians who will vote for them.

  • Amir

    Point of Correction: These are 16 market associations not political parties.

  • Adetayo Adewale Adebowale

    It still remains a fact that. those parties calling for election postponement are clones of PDP party,their integrity have been compromised. INEC is ready as the supervising commission to conduct the elections ,the electorate the Nigerian people are ready with their permanent voters card,but alas the unpatriotic few and those that perceived they are losing are desperately trying to bend the rule,even when Liberia and Sierra Leone were fighting their individual civil war,they were able to conduct elections.
    Well the Nigerian constitution does not support Goodluck Jonathan to be on Nigerian Presidential sit beyond May 29th,2015 and the seat must always be occupied. So refine your evil schemes People Defrauding Party. Unpatriotic Nigerians are People Defrauding Party and co.

    Thank You.

  • wode

    All these parties’s position summed together equal to PDP’s no-election agenda. Anyway, sorry PDP is not mentioned. Also, President GEJ has committed to Feb 14 as being sacrosanct. So, let those who have PVC vote. INEC says it’s ready for the election. No postponement.

  • Truthometer

    Deadbeat parties trying to truncate the democratic process in Nigeria are known to be extension of PDP. They just keep on coming out with different plans at different times. The will of the people must prevail. This election must go on as scheduled. I’ve never seen where the incumbent will be so scared of an election like this before. If they continue this way, they may end up to be victims of their own antics.Change is coming to Nigeria. Vote for GMB!

  • Chris1408

    These are the same miscreants Abacha and Babangida used to truncate democracy for a long time. They’ve reared their ugly heads again. Wicked people. These are the parasites sucking Nigeria dry.

  • Gbofia Lunar

    So INEC wasted ink printing the names of these imaginary clownish parties on the ballot sha…?

  • MyMadam

    It is sad to note that the 2015 political space appears to have close to ’20 Arthur Nzeribes’ compared with just one in 1993! By the way, has GEJ bothered to register the new Association for a Better Nigeria (ABN) a la 1993. This is a road that we painfully walked before with dire consequences. Well, I can only say this; “The gates of hell, here we come again… Cry, my beloved country”. God bless Nigeria

  • King Carlos

    Thank God we’re now knowing the enemies of the people. It’s like Jonathan was given to us to expose the people behind our lack of progress as a nation. I know all tbose parties are being funded by PDP, especially ACPN that was used by the PDP to frustrate the registration of APC. I hope the people of Nigeria are ready for the mother of protests, its US against THEM. This is our ‘arab spring’. We have to rise up against the people that dont want us to progress.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Wonder can never end in Nigeria. These mushroom parties, how much were they paid? To speak the truth, where are they? We believe these parties exist only in name and registration. They have nothing to lose but the payout from PDP clamoring for suspension of the election, come 14/02/15. God Willing, I will not happen. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • Taiwo

    These are not politicians but hungry jobless people that just keeps themselves busy living on past glory. I think they are not serious. Let us see how the whole thing plays out. A REAL COMEDY.

  • sammyctu ode

    These are people and parties that have never had any political relevance, they are the ones who continue to sit down under the table for crumbs while pdp big wigs pass the bones they have eaten to them, they are people who can never win ward elections, whose antidotes are spoilers of democracy and anything good. Fasheun especially has gone real mad because this is a man who was a honest activist but was lured by jonathan and pdp with big bucks when he could not pay his staff anymore. All these parties I call them “THHE LEACHES PARTY OF NIGERIA”

  • Emancipation

    This is the missing $30trn at work.

  • Thepeople

    In this country, you never would tell how far grown ups, somebody’s father or mother could go to make themselves look unintelligent, comical, defintely clowns, just because of money. How many votes would these no hoper political parties command between them?

  • Scalywag

    Heheheee. The hands of Esau but the voice of Jacob. The 21 billion naira that was collected at the Villa is working now. Plus #OUR 30 TRILLION NAIRA

  • Eze1

    These guys are just speaking for GEJ who by the way will soon speak. No election has ever witnessed 100% registered voters…. INEC are making adjustment to accomodate voters yet to collect PVC and instead of FG to complement INEC’s effort by declaring a 1 or 2 days Holiday, they have simply refused. Election must and will hold on FEb14 Period.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Well, they have a right to participate or not. But, come to think of it, would their boycott make any significant difference in the final result? Arguable. Maybe, their votes could go to some other active political party.

  • excel

    When APC said gej/pdp want to sponsor some group for the postponement of the election, the clueless metuh/pdp came out to say APC are afraid. Now APC is right with the information they gather it can’t be denied that pdp have been working against everything in Nigeria but this will work against gej/pdp. Election will hold and CHANGE will come.

  • Omo Akin

    The point that any group of people who applied to be registered as a political party must be registered and must remain so registered as a party is a sign of unseriousness in our democracy. I have no problem with INEC registering any group that meets its condition. However, a party that fails to win at least a seat in the National Assembly during a general election cycle should loose its certificate of registration. If this were the case, you will not have unserious people like these folks offering themselves to play the “Nzeribe” again. The Electoral Law should allow independent candidates who can present a petition sign by a prescribed number of registered voters in the constituency wherein they want to contest to be on the ballot instead of having these clubs that never won any election but continued to collect INEC subvention..
    It is in the best interest of President Jonathan not to postpone the election.

  • Yusuf

    mun shiga hannun yan iska, this man will eventually leave the presidency even if he is given 100yrs

  • Otile

    But where is Imam’s genuine certificate?

  • Odogwu

    PDP should join them in the boycott PLEASE!