APC Insists On February Polls, Reject Interim Govt

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it will neither accept an interim government nor a postponement of next month’s general elections as being suggested in some quarters, insisting that the polls must hold as scheduled in February.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party warned that any attempt to scuttle the polls in preference for any other arrangement will be resisted by all available constitutional means.

”We are aware that those who are not comfortable with the turning of the political tide in favour of the opposition ahead of the elections are scheming to abort a possible victory for our party, through either an interim government or a postponement of the elections.

”These enemies of Nigeria include those who are worried by the strong anti-corruption stance of our party and its avowed commitment to good governance, and those who favour the status quo of anything goes, bad governance and massive corruption that have left Nigerians deeply pauperized and traumatized,” it said.

The party quoted one Deji Adeyanju, whom it said handles the Twitter account of the senior special assistant to the President on public affairs, Doyin Okupe, as saying in a Blackberry Messenger statement that “Buhari can never be President of Nigeria’ and that “Nigeria would rather break” or a “military coup will even be allowed than for Buhari to become the President of a democratic Nigeria.”

It said that since the statement has not been refuted, it can be safely concluded that it represents the thinking in the presidency.

Describing the statement as inciting and “nothing short of treason”, the APC wondered why security agencies had not acted on the matter.



    ”If a citizen is advocating a military coup against a sitting government just to prevent a supposed election victory of the opposition, it is nothing short of treason. Yet, the security agencies that have been falling over themselves warning against incendiary and inciting statements have not yet swung into action over this inciting statement. This is not encouraging vis-a-vis the non-partisan stand of the security agencies,” it stated.

    “The 2015 general elections must hold as scheduled all over Nigeria, and our party is ready for the elections. As we stated earlier, we will only accept the outcome of a free, fair, credible and transparent elections, not that of manipulated polls. We will also not agree to the postponement of next month’s elections under any guise, and an interim arrangement plot is totally unacceptable to us,” the party said.

    It therefore challenged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to make its position on the suggestion of a postponement of the elections known.

    The APC equally asked the presidency to make its stand known, advising it to “distance itself from the anarchic and treasonable statement by one of its own over the forthcoming polls.”


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