February election dates must be sacrosanct, APC insists

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has insisted that February 14 and 28 election dates are to remain sacrosanct just like the May 29 hand over date, warning that, “We will not accept any shift in election dates.”

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Lagos, the national publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed apprehension that the body language of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), suggested that whey were working towards the realisation of the postponement which he described as, devil’s alternative.”

Mohammed recalled that in an earlier press statement, the APC strongly rejected the call by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, for the postponement of next month’s general elections, ostensibly to give more time to INEC to distribute the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).

His words: “In spite of this, we have noted with dismay that the Jonathan administration has continued to pursue the plot to shift the elections. That plot in itself is one of the two-pronged approach being pursued by the administration to either shift or scuttle the elections, which are scheduled for Feb. 14 and 28.

“The other is the campaign for an Interim Government. It is important to state here that for the APC as a party, both options represent the devil’s alternative (apologies to British writer Frederick Forsyth, who has a book by the same title), and are totally, absolutely unacceptable to us under any circumstance.

“When President Goodluck Jonathan met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday here in Lagos, the president said he told the visiting US top diplomat that ‘’the May 29 handover date is sacrosanct.’’ We say this is not reassuring enough, and that for us, the February 14 and 28 dates for the elections are as sacrosanct as the handover date of May 29.

“Therefore, we are more assured by the call made by Mr. Kerry, that the elections should be held on time as scheduled. Nothing short of that will be acceptable to our party,” Mohammed warned.

According to him, the party was also satisfied with the assurance by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it was ready for the elections, reminding that, the electoral body has also said it would continue with PVC distribution until the eve of the elections.

“Therefore, the orchestrated campaign about INEC not being ready for the elections is sheer baloney!” he asserted, adding, “we are aware of the limitless capacity of the PDP and the Jonathan Administration for anti-democratic and desperate actions in pursuit of selfish motives that have nothing to do with the interest of the good people of Nigeria.”

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