APC Says: Postpone 2015 Elections, Kill Democracy

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The All Progressives Congress has warned those nursing the plan to

postpone the 2015 general elections to perish the thought, saying

Nigerians will not accept, under any guise whatsoever, any scheme by

desperate elected officials to get tenure elongation by subterfuge.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity

Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said those who are flying the

kite of pushing forward the election ostensibly because the nation is at

war are trying to imperil the nation's democracy.
”Election is the lifeblood of democracy, the mechanism by which modern

representative democracy operates. It is the only way for the citizenry to

renew and refresh the governing process so they can get the most benefits

out of democracy. Therefore, anyone that tries to sabotage this mechanism

is aiming a dagger straight at the heart of democracy,” it said.

APC said the statement credited to Senate President David Mark, that

”there is no question of elections, it is not even on the table now. We

are in a state of war,” reflects the thinking in government circles, even

though the Senate President, having run into a wall of opposition over his

unfortunate statement, has tried to step back from the comments.

”We in the APC saw this coming, and we have said it at several fora: That

the Jonathan Administration has deliberately allowed the insurgency in the

North-east, an opposition stronghold, to fester so he can cash in on it to

get re-elected. Simply put, the Administration has been playing dirty

politics with Boko Haram, at the expense of the lives and property of the

citizenry and the well-being of the nation.
”However, the Administration is being too clever by half to think that

Nigerians will reward it for its failure in its main reason for existence,

which is the protection of the welfare and security of the citizens. There

is just no way this government will be allowed to profit from its

ineptness and its conspiracy to prolong an insurgency that should have

ended a long time ago,” the party said.
It said the statement by INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, that the commission

has started preparing for elections even in the North-east, represents a

ray of hope, but warned the electoral body to remain steadfast and not to

cave in to what will be massive pressure from the Jonathan Administration

and its gong beaters to scuttle the 2015 elections.

APC said just like Jega has said, countries like Afghanistan and Iraq

successfully held elections even though they are in a state of war, hence

there is no reason why Nigeria cannot organize elections because of the

insurgency in a part of the country.
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