…Says INEC Is Compromised
…Urges Supporters To Remain Calm
By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has said that the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is an attempt to subvert the electoral process.
The APC Presidential Candidate however urged his supporters to remain calm, saying they should not allow themselves to be tempted to take action that could further endanger the democratic process.
Buhari who spoke at a News Briefing in Abuja, Sunday, said although INEC acted within its constitutional powers, it was obvious that the Commission succumbed to pressure from the federal government.
He said INEC has been gravely compromised, adding that as a Nigerian and a presidential candidate in the elections, he shares in the disappointment and frustration of the decision.
“This postponement coming a week to the first election has raised so many questions, many of which shall be asked in the days ahead,” he said.
“However, we must not allow ourselves to be tempted into taking actions that could further endanger the democratic process,” Buhari added.
He said: “Our country is going through a difficult time in the hands of terrorists. Any act of violence can only complicate the security challenges in the country and provide further justification to those who would want to exploit every situation to frustrate the democratic process in the face of certain defeat at the polls.
“If anything, this postponement should strengthen our resolve and commitment to rescue our country from the current economic and social collapse from this desperate band. Our desire for change must surpass their desperation to hold on to power at all cost.
“We are clearly dealing with people who feel they can get away with placing their personal interest over those of our nation and its citizens. What is at stake is the very survival of our country. We must not allow this temporary delay to abort this great opportunity.
“While I share the pains and frustrations of my fellow citizens over this development, my deep faith in the democratic process assures me that this country, with your support, will overcome.
Buhari asked Nigerians to remain resolute and rise above all provocations in the face pressure.
“Our trust can only serve to encourage the electoral body to remain steadfast and remain committed to the rule of law. I wish to state strongly that our party will not tolerate any further interference with the electoral process. The rescheduled elections of March 28th and April 11th, 2015 must be sacrosanct.
“Nigeria is definitely greater than any of us, and much more important than our individual ambitions. Before us there was Nigeria, and long after we are gone there will still be Nigeria. Let us continue to do our part to make it the great country that it should be. We must rescue our dear country.”