INEC regarding its logistic preparation and its constitutional power to reschedule the elections for the express purpose of ensuring credible, free and fair elections
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged Nigerians to continue
to be prayerful, remain calm and restrain themselves from any act of
lawlessness that would jeopardize the democratic process of free and fair
The National Publicity Secretary of
the Forum, Alhaji Muhammed Ibrahim made the appeal on Saturday in Kaduna while
reacting to the postponement of Saturday polls.
The ACF urged Nigerians to be
patient and continue to persevere while also restraining themselves from any
act likely to jeopardise the democratic process.
“It is only our collective resolve
to respect the tenets of democracy that will strengthen our unity and peaceful
“ACF therefore urges Nigerians to be
patient and continue to persevere during this trying moments.”
ACF said its appreciates the concern raised by
that would meet universal acceptance.
“However, though ACF is not privy to
the nature of the challenges and the time INEC noticed them, the forum thinks
the shift should have been done earlier in order to reduce cost and
inconveniences for all the parties concerned.”
It cites the earlier assurances
given to Nigerians by INEC that it would deliver on credible, free and fair
elections on schedule, saying this heightened the enthusiasm of Nigerians.
According to the ACF, Nigerians have
no option but to accept the reasons advanced by INEC and have faith that it would
live up to its promise to hold the rescheduled elections on the 23rd February
and 9th March 2019.
The Forum however called on
INEC to use this opportunity and ensure that adequate logistic preparations are
put in place for a successful election.
“The Police and other security
agencies should also prepare adequately to provide the needed security cover to
INEC officials, the electorates, election observers and also to maintain peace
and order during and after the elections”, the Forum advised.(NAN)