Arewa Consultative Forum, Itsekiri Leaders Criticise Call For Polls Shift

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Updated February 4, 2015

pollsThe Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Itsekiri Leaders of Thought met in Kaduna on Wednesday, with a resolution that the 2015 elections must hold on February 14 as earlier scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), detesting the alleged plot to shift polls.

ACF Chairman, Ibrahim Coomasie and the Chairman of Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, Mr Isaac Jemide, led their members to the meeting.

The two regional groups also resolved to work together to push  Nigerians call upon INEC and other stakeholders that under no circumstance should it contemplate shifting the February polls.

In a closed door meeting held at the ACF national secretariat in Kaduna, Mr Coomasie, who spoke on behalf of the two groups, said that the implication of shifting polls would be too far, as it may create constitutional crisis, loss of confidence by the people in the system, social crises as well as general insecurity.

While reaffirming the group’s belief in one Nigeria and confidence in the role elections play in a democracy, the ACF Chairman warned that all stakeholder should not tamper with the democratic system or shift the February polls.

Similarly, Northern delegates to last year’s National Constitutional Conference have also criticised calls for the postponement of the 2015 general elections.

In a statement issued by the chairman of the Northern Delegates Forum, Mr Ibrahim Coomasie, the group stated that the issue of postponing the forthcoming election was not part of the deliberations at the conference.

He also expressed disappointment with some delegates to the conference who are now claiming that the conference endorsed shifting the February polls.

“Such position is not the opinion of the conference and I wonder why some selfish Nigerians should be pushing for the postponement of the elections when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurance of its readiness to conduct the election as scheduled,” he said.

Mr Coomasie also cited assurances by the nation’s security forces that they are fully ready for the election, insisting that the elections should be held as scheduled.