LAGOS: THE Kogi Central Senatorial candidate of the Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA), Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, has opposed the projected suspension of the general elections.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Michael Jegede, the senator who recently defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to PPA, said the consequence of any delay beyond the already stipulated dates for the polls will be “too grave to imagine.”
“I wish to condemn in very strong terms the call by some people for a postponement of the general election scheduled to hold on February 14 and 28, 2015. Rather than call for a postponement at this stage of our preparation for the election, on the ground that some electorate are yet to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), all that ought to be done should be done for all registered voters to collect their PVCs before the election,” he said.
“Postponement should not be contemplated at all with all the preparations and planning that have been done by the various political parties and their candidates and even the electoral body, INEC. Honestly, it is just too late in the day to think of postponement. It will portray us as unserious people in the eyes of the international community and this will not speak well of us as a nation.” Abatemi-Usman claimed Nigerians were “eager”and “anxious” to see the election hold ascertain their next leaders.
He suggested the Federal government could go by the suggestion of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, the body of all registered political parties in the country, to declare a public holiday to enable those yet to collect their PVCs to do so before the election.
“It will just be too costly to contemplate postponement at this point in time. It is only those who are anticipating loss and not sure of victory for their parties and candidates in the coming election that will support such an unreasonable call for deferment of the elections.”
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY