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Outrage over Dasuki’s call for postponement of election

FORMER Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olabode George yesterday threw his weight behind the call for
a postponement of the February general elections.
Meanwhile, former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro kicked against Dasuki’s call for poll shift.
“I am not in support of a postponement of next month’s general elections. INEC should rather get its act right,” he said.
Obanikoro who led a road walk in support of the Jonathan/Sambo in Alimosho local government area of Lagos State said: “we are not impressed with INEC over the distribution of PVCS which would make or mar this election. With about 43 percent collection rate, there is still a lot of work to be done before the election.”
“We are however not in support of any postponement of this election. Rather, we want INEC to put it’s house in order and ensure enough eligible Nigerians are allowed to vote .”
It will be recalled that the National Security Adviser to President Jonathan, Col Sambo Dasuki had advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift next month’s polls following inability of Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs).
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Lagos, George said he would support the call for a shift in the polls to enable Nigerians collect their PVCs.
He said “the NSA sees things deeper than any of us. So many people have not gotten their PVCs in Lagos and they will be disenfranchised. I have not collected mine. There are logistic problems but calling for a postponement of the election does not mean it will be conducted after May 29. The NSA must ensure there is peace in the land. If we have a breather all well and good, this will give INEC time to distribute the PVCS. I have no objection if it is done as the NSA has said.”
Speaking further, he said “ I am yet to collect my PVC. INEC has said the distribution of PVCS should be decentralized to the ward level.
I don’t think they will postpone the elections later than May 29, what his (NSA) fears are, are genuine because the collection of these PVCS is important. “ He, however, appealed to Nigerians to eschew ethnic and religious bigotry saying the peace of the country was paramount.
It’s unacceptable — Lagos APC
The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos Chapter, Mr. Joe Igbokwe condemned the statement, describing it as “unacceptable.”
According to him, “Postpone what?, any day longer than May 28, 2015 is Third term for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and it will be totally unacceptable.
Gen Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda, IBB [retd], Gen Sanni Abacha, {retd} and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo could not achieve their ambition to get third term in Nigeria talk less of Jonathan.
“Please if this is a joke let us stop it. There must be elections on February 14, 2015 and no power in the tongue of any man will stop this elections
“APC pity anybody who will dare to test the will of 150 million Nigerians. It is better if that pardon had not been born.”
INEC, NASS, Parties must agree before any shift of election — Sen. Ita-Enang
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Agbakwuru
There have been diver gent views over the alleged call by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuku for a shift in date of the forthcoming general elections expected to commence on February 14 starting with the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Some have argued that there was no need to shift it why others had canvassed that it could be shifted from the said fixed dates but to hold within the stipulated period before the expiration of the term of office of the incumbent occupier in accordance with the Constitutional provisions and the Electoral Act.
Section 25 (6) of the Electoral Acts 2010 (amended) states: ‘An election to the said office of the President shall be held on a date not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of that office’.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang who spoke to Saturday Vanguard from London said that for elections to be shifted there must be consultations among the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the various political parties and the National Assembly.
Although he said he was not aware of any suggestion for the election to be postponed from the initial date, ‘’for any of such thing to happen, there should be a consultation by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Assembly and the various affected political parties.”
He also said that if the consideration was based on the security situation in the country, ‘’There must be consultations among the relevant stakeholders before any decision should be taken so that it will not send any bad signals before the international community. You should also know that today, Nigeria is still volatile”

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