PDP Salutes INEC Decision On General Elections Amid Imbroglio

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The People Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, has expressed its support for the postponement of the general elections, saying it was in the nation`s interest. Dailytimes report.

In a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Sunday in Abuja.

Fani-Kayode said that the organisation concurred with the decision to shift the elections, stressing that it was in the interest of deepening democracy in the country and in national interest.

“INEC must be commended for showing the courage to shift the elections, after acknowledging the fact that its state of preparedness was not 100 per cent.

“Since this decision has been taken in the interest of deepening democracy and in national interest, we accept it in good faith.

“We commend INEC’s courage and obvious commitment to ensuring a free and fair election, ” he said.

He said that with the postponement, INEC had allayed the fears of many Nigerians that may not have the opportunity to vote for the candidates and parties of their choice on election days.

Fani-Kayode maintained that INEC had by the decision, ensured that no one would be disenfranchised and had helped to guarantee the safety and security of Nigerians during the elections.

He added that the shift would enable the nation’s security agencies to put better measures in place to secure the North-East and ensure that elections could hold in the region.

The former aviation minister however disagreed with All Progressives Congress’ (APC) stance on issues of the polls shift.

“By insisting that the elections should be conducted on Feb 14, the opposition was not only dangerously flirting with chaos, but also putting our country firmly on the path of confrontation, division, injustice, disaster and destruction.

“This is especially so, given the fact that no less than 34 per cent of eligible voters have not been able to access their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

“A situation where such a large percentage of our people would have been disenfranchised is unacceptable and the fact that the APC was insensitive to that fact speaks volumes,’’ he said.

The campaign organisation’s spokesman said that INEC must have drawn a useful guide from available security reports from the North-East, following acts of insurgency.



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