Nigeria 2015: ASUU condemns election postponement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has condemned the postponement of the general elections, but urged Nigerians not to be frustrated by the shift.

The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Segun Ajiboye, made the appeal on Sunday while reacting to postponement of the February elections on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr. Ajiboye said that Nigerians should rather ensure that they collect their Permanent Voter Cards before the rescheduled dates for the elections.

He described the INEC decision as a serious setback for Nigerian democracy.

“We condemn the shift in the dates for the polls but, however, we encourage Nigerians to keep calm in the face of unnecessary provocations.

“The decision is a serious setback for Nigerian democracy. But we should remain steadfast. Let us organise and not agonise,” he said.

INEC had on Saturday night at world news conference postponed the general elections, and announced that the presidential elections will now hold on March 28, while the governorship holds on April 11.

(NAN)


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  • arewethishopeless

    Why did Jega increase the gap between the presidential and governorship elections?

    Jega, may God jugde you harshly for the path you have put this country on …

    • Ananas_yolawa.

      He has no option but to postpone because the Security chiefs told him they will not be available and should the election go on as scheduled, he will be prosecuted for what ever happened during the election.
      And even if it was you (the INEC Chairman) will not put yourself in trap.

  • akpan@

    Why will ASUU Blem INEC or JEGA? are they the security Agent dat say they can’t provide Security?

  • Babban najeeb

    The next action now is to embark on plot for the removal of Jega, lets watch

  • historee

    ‘Where We Stand’…….INEC

    “I want to assure all Nigerians that this decision to postpone the election by six weeks,
    until March 28th, is entirely that of the Independent National Electoral Commission,
    and to inform Nigerians that there was no coercion on INEC to postpone the election.

    If the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election material cannot
    be guaranteed, the lives of innocent young men and women and the prospect of free,
    fair and credible elections will be greatly jeopardised”

    ……………Professor Attahiru Jega
    (Chairman INEC)

    (February 7th, 2015)

  • anneedu

    Can you tell how it is set back for nigeria democracy in nutshell, how it’s affects the economy of nigeria.

    • Olu Ade

      Did you say how does this affect the economy of Nigeria? If you are a foreign investor will you bring money or increase your investment in a country that is foot dragging on elections and with lots of uncertainties? Do you realize that there will continue to be over heating of the political atmosphere until we get over this election and this is already slowing down the economy? Do you also realize that from the President to Ministers to Governors, they have all abandoned their duty posts and running round the country campaigning, can you imagined the number of papers on their desks waiting for their signature or approval? Do you also know how long the legislators have been on break because of elections, with a lot of bills waiting for their deliberation and passage?

      Please even primary 1 pupil knows that when you have election hanging over a govt, everything slows down or come to a halt.