23 parties ask INEC to postpone elections in Borno by five months

The Borno state chapter of the Inter-Party ‎Advisory Council on Thursday called for the postponement of elections in the state by five months.

The council cited the insecurity in the state and a charged political climate as reasons for the call.

IPAC, which comprises all registered political parties in the state, said an interim government should be formed in the state when the tenure of the present government elapses due to the postponement.

Reading a statement signed by 23 party representatives, including two governorship candidates in the state, Babagana Musa, who is the branch chairman of IPAC, said “registered voters not getting their Permanent Voters Cards, insecurity of opposition parties in the state, indecent activities of the Civilian-JTF, and promotion of thuggery” are enough reasons for elections to be suspended in the state.

The parties which signed the statement are Independent Democrat, Social Democratic Party, Democratic Peoples Party, New Nigerian Peoples Party, Peoples Democratic Congress, Labour Party, Mega Progressives Peoples Party, Advanced Congress of Democrats, African Democratic Congress, Unity Party of Nigeria, African Peoples Alliance, United Democratic Party, Citizens Popular Party, Fresh Democratic Party, United Progressives Party, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Movement, National Conscience Party and Hope Democratic Party.

The All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party were absent at the event and did not sign the statement.

“After holding series of stakeholders’ meetings, we finally resolved that it was necessary to call for the extension of the 2015 general elections in Borno state, to September 2015,” Mr. Musa said. “After a long wait, up to this moment, INEC has not distributed PVCs in 175 polling units. This means approximately 500,000 eligible voters will be denied the right to vote in 2015.

“Besides that, the lives and safety of opposition party officials and supporters are in great danger due to activities of the ruling party’s thugs. Members of the opposition parties/IPAC are continually receiving SMS threatening their lives if they fail to support the incumbent government. A case in point was recent incident when flags of opposition were destroyed and supporters ‎beaten to state of coma when the governor was on a visit to the General hospital.

“Similarly, the ruling APC has violated section 94 (1) by possession of weapons at rally; while Section 96 (1) was also violated as the ruling party has ‎directly or indirectly used force and violence during political campaigns”.

“We therefore call on the National Assembly to set in motion a resolution to constitute a government of state unity on 29th May, 2015 at the expiration of the incumbent administration so that all good people of Borno will have a sense of belonging.”

The APC in Borno has since dismissed the call and called for the arrest of the 23 signatories of the statement issued for the postponement of the elections.

“The APC hereby calls on security agencies in Borno to arrest and prosecute some 23 political parties calling for Interim Government in Borno State despite recent clarification by President Goodluck Jonathan declaring any call for Interim Government as treasonable offence that is punishable under Nigerian laws”, the APC chairman, Mr. Dalori said.

He added that the 23 parties were acting the script of a former governor of the state “who is desperate to take over power at all cost even if it means sending the state into extinction”.


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  • wissy

    Not only 5 month, what about 5years. Truth unfolding.

  • Na me

    The hand writing of indefinite election and interim government is now on the wall. By the time Jonathan finishes with his evil plans, Nigerians will be a deeper, inescapable trouble.

  • So this is it?

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Madu Sheriff the known sponsor o boko haram is at it again. All the 23 parties put together had no single local goverment councellor so what does election mean to them? They are none existing political parties. Boro people have demostrated resilience and willingness to vote with one of the highest percentage of PVC collection rate in Nigeria. Those politica scavengers are being used to disinfrachise the people. Borno Must vote to remove PDP and their boko haram sponsors.

  • kinsly

    The PDP is about to set Nigeria ablaze to avoid electoral defeat. Nigerians i implore you all to please stay resolute and keep the peace, we shall make our wish CLEAR on March 28, and afterwards punish all those who conspired to overheat our Fatherland.

  • Layo

    Why are these people rubbing their stupidity everywhere. The military said they will defeat BH in six weeks, some miscreants are asking for 5 years. This is another pdpigs gimmick abi? It won’t work.

  • Maitama Tambari

    This is the handiwork of President Jonathan’s friend, Modu Sheriff, the architect of Boko Haram who decamped from APC to PDP, with his thugs boys. First, how many of the 23 so called parties have presence in Borno State? Who are these parties? Don’t they have names? Are they not the same parties after collecting money from PDP, supported PDP in the meeting with INEC to shift the date of the election? Are they any parties of consequent in the election? How many followers do they have in Borno State to call for postponement of election in the State? For your information, the Chief of Defense Staff said in Baga that election can take place now in Baga because it was because of security reason that the election was postponed. Is it because PDP has seen its failure approaching after collecting President Jonathan’s money to deliver the State to him, is not going well with Modu Sherrif, he now gathered his political thugs boys, formed a non organization to scuttle Borno State election? Haba Modu Sherrif. Modu Sherrif sabotaged GMB 2003 Presidential campaign when they were both in ANPP, made Borno State to go to president Obansanjo. This time he found that his antics would not work with APC, he decamped to PDP. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • Jika

    Classical case of the voice of Jacob and the hands of Esau.We all know the the man behind the mask.His name is Sherifatuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    The next voice you shall hear shall be that of lai muhammed saying that PDP is acting out a script to dispossess them of their stronghold. He surely rants like an ant

  • Hassan Lawal

    All of you cant prospone the evil day! defeat is yours at the polls,both at the states and federal,prospone ko,prospone ni! shege ah!

  • Dr. Mallam Mahdi

    The man in the mask acting to another man in the mask by proxy. PDP will definitely failed as usual