The Adamawa State governor, Bala Ngillari, has restated his call that the February general elections be postponed.
Mr. Ngillari said he maintains his stance despite criticisms and condemnations that trailed his earlier similar statement on the issue.
“I owe no one apology for demanding extension of elections,” the governor said, adding that “some Abuja based politicians are unpatriotic who do not have the interest of the people at heart.”
The governor, who was speaking at the Adamawa PDP Town Hall meeting organised by the Minister of Women Affairs, Zainab Maina, in Yola, insisted that next month’s elections, particularly in the state, was not the most important to the citizens.
“It was disheartening that some citizens of the state who are residing outside the state with their families ignore the reality on the ground,” he said.
“Election is not the most important to our hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“I remain unrepentant on that issue despite the fact that l was shouted down,” Mr. Ngillari said.
Mr. Ngillari said his position was influenced by security reports available to him on the Boko Haram crisis in the state and the north east.
“I owe the people of the state a duty to care and protect their constitutional rights and nothing will deter me doing that,” he said.
In her speech, Ms. Maina urged Nigerians to pray for peaceful conduct of the next month’s general elections.
She said the aim of the meeting was to bring together all women in the state to discuss politics.
She said women and youth would mobilise and vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and other PDP candidates in the February general elections.