Poll shift: APC campaign asks Jonathan to come clean

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The All Progressives Congress Presidential Council Organization on Tuesday decried what it calls embedded vested interest and sinister motives behind the postponement of the dates of the 2015 elections and asked President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling party to come clean.

It said the demand became necessary in the light of the wave of negative speculations in the public domain, to avert unrest and possible civil disobedience that could scuttle our hard earned democracy.

This was contained in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.

APCPCO decried what it called the unholy alliance between the Jonathan government, the Peoples Democratic Party and the military for the purposes of subverting the franchise of the people in the rescheduled presidential and other elections on March 28 and April 11 respectively.

The statement partly read, “If the witch cried in the night and the baby died in the morning, it would not be a mere coincidence. Hence, the bodies of civilised and democratic people around the world believe that the security excuse used by this unpopular government to prolong the polls is untrue and pretentious.

“What type of democracy allows compromising security chiefs to determine when elections would hold or not? Now, the National Security Adviser has become the megaphone for this government. He went to Chatham House in the UK to call for election postponement which he has now obtained. Next, he claims he would crush Boko Haram within six weeks. What if he can’t, will there be a further excuse to extend the elections and create constitutional impasse? Nigerians are no fools and nobody can pull soiled cotton over our eyes anymore.

Garba also said, “We are inundated with information as to how this government wants to tamper with due process by discrediting INEC and even sack its Chairman, raise false alarms, rig the election with military connivance and eventually scuttle democracy, replacing it with an interim government.”

According to him, for all the party knows and can see, the contraption of an interim government has no place in the constitution as former President Obasanjo said on BBC Monday night.

The APC campaign also said President Jonathan must come clean on these allegations adding that he is the Commander-in-Chief, and not the NSA. It stressed that he must, as a matter of urgency, speak to the nation and the world on these salient allegations.

“A refusal would make him the historic President who doesn’t give a damn while on national assignment.”

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