TMG rejects postponement of polls

THE Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has rejected the call for postponement of next month’s general elections.

The group, in a statement in Abuja, condemned  a statement credited to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) that the general elections be postponed.

TMG’s Chairman Ibrahim Zikirullahi said if there was any compelling reason for the date of the polls to be shifted, the appropriate body to make that call would be INEC.

“Our considered view is that if INEC is having any difficulties in pulling off the elections, it should be the body to come up and make that position known.

“It is disingenuous for the NSA to be publicly second-guessing INEC,” TMG said

It described the call as a ploy to pull the rug under the feet of INEC and create uncertainty around an electoral process that Nigerians and the international community had invested so heavily in.

“TMG views this call by the NSA as an affront on the stability of the 2015 electoral process, and it stands condemned.

“We also wonder why such a call is coming so close to the elections, when INEC itself has not come out to say it is unable to go ahead with the polls.

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