The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the call by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), for the postponement of the February general elections warning that under no circumstance must the elections be scuttled.
Sambo had given the advice during an event at the Chatham House in London on Thursday, citing the need to give INEC more time to distribute all Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said that the call by Col. Dasuki, had exposed the hitherto clandestine plot by the Jonathan Administration to push for the postponement of the polls, using all sorts of “cheap tricks”.
”Now that we have found the smoking gun, we are urging the international community, in particular, to urgently extract a commitment from President Goodluck Jonathan that the elections will hold as scheduled next month, and that he would respect the outcome, just as we have said,” it said.
The party also called on Nigerians to reject what it termed an ongoing orchestrated plot by President Jonathan’s administration to postpone the elections, saying the constitutional crisis that would be triggered by such postponement could undermine the nation’s democracy.
APC said that the importance of elections cannot be over-emphasized, “Election is the lifeblood of democracy, the mechanism by which modern representative democracy operates.
“It is the only way for the citizenry to renew and refresh the governing process so they can get the most benefits out of democracy. Therefore, anyone that tries to sabotage this mechanism is aiming a dagger straight to the heart of democracy.
“We ask them to look at the State Governor placing a newspaper advert wishing our presidential candidate dead. The possible repercussions of this kind of provocative act are better imagined, had our party not been a peaceful party.
”In view of the above, we have decided to take our case to Nigerians and indeed the global community so they can prevail on President Jonathan to allow the elections to hold as scheduled and to make a commitment to respect the outcome.”