The All Progressives Congress, APC has kicked against the call by Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.) National Security Adviser (NSA) that the February general elections be postponed. Dasuki during an event at the Chatham House in London, Thursday, cited the need to give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) more time to distribute all Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), if the elections must hold.
APC in a statement issued Thursday in Abuja by Lai Mohammed, its National Publicity Secretary, said that the call by Dasuki, had exposed plans by the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to push for the postponement of the polls by employing different tactics.
The APC alleged that it had found the smoking gun and urged the international community, in particular, to urgently extract a commitment from Jonathan that the elections will hold as scheduled and that he would respect the outcome, just as they have said.
The party said it will be wise for Nigerians to reject, what it termed an ongoing orchestrated plot, by Jonathan’s administration to postpone the elections. It also added that the constitutional crisis that would be triggered by such postponement could undermine the nation’s democracy.
An excerpt of the statement read: “APC said that the importance of elections cannot be over-emphasized, 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 to the heart of democracy.
“We ask them to look at the State Governor placing a newspaper advert wishing our presidential candidate dead. The possible repercussions of this kind of provocative act are better imagined, had our party not been a peaceful party.
”In view of the above, we have decided to take our case to Nigerians and indeed the global community so they can prevail on President Jonathan to allow the elections to hold as scheduled and to make a commitment to respect the outcome.”