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Election suspension: Apologise to observers, Nigerian voters, INEC told


The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to tender unreserved apology to Nigerians and election monitors for the postponement of Saturday’s general election.

The Executive Director of the organisation, Mr. Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

“We call on INEC to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerian and international observers who have committed their time, presence and financial resources to monitoring the electoral process, with assurance that election will hold as earlier scheduled.

“The apology must also be rendered to Nigerian voters who have invested time and resources to sacrifice the day for them to discharge their civic responsibility,” he said.

He said the organisation was perturbed by the sudden postponement few hours to the poll.

“We express unreserved disappointment over the reported poor preparatory processes by the electoral body that disproportionately hampered adequate deployment of electoral materials to many parts of the country with resultant postponement.

“We condemn such abrupt decision informed by deliberate abuse of independent power that may discredit subsequent position by the commission as an Independent Body before national and international observers,” he said.

“We are not unaware of systemic conflict of interests and questionable procurement process imbibed by the various positions in the Commission.

“We are concerned by the wastage and losses the postponement will cause the country, civil society and international community that have committed whopping financial and human resources to deployment and observation missions to ensure free, fair and credible election that will be acceptable to all,” he added.

Musa-Rafsanjani, therefore, called on the National Assembly to immediately constitute an ad hoc committee to investigate the reasons for the sudden postponement to clear the Commission of public doubt about its decision.

“We demand immediate assurances by the commission that the new electoral date of Feb. 23 is certain, and the distributed sensitive materials will be kept under appropriate supervision and security till the new date.

“We further encourage civil society groups, media, national and international observation missions to sustain surveillance on the electoral process to promote free, fair and credible elections that will be acceptable to all,” he said.

Also, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Jigawa State, Faruk Adamu, has called on INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to apologise to Nigerians and honorably resign for postponing the election.

Adamu made the call on Saturday in Birnin Kudu while reacting to the abrupt postponement of the elections by INEC.

“INEC has disappointed all Nigerians. This is really bad for democracy. However, in the long run, we’re hoping that INEC will come out with cogent excuse to convince Nigerians.

“This is not about APC/PDP or any other party, it is about democracy in Nigeria. So, INEC has not treated us well as a nation, irrespective of the party we belong to,” Adamu said.


(NAN)
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