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APC tasks security agencies on prosecution of thugs, ballot box snatchers

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APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole
This was part of resolutions reached at the end of the
Caucus emergency meeting held at its national secretariat
on Monday in Abuja.
According to a communique issued and signed by Mr
Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, the
Caucus also resolved that the Feb. 23 rescheduled
Presidential and National Assembly elections must remain
sacrosanct.
It added that issues of logistics and other foreseeable
challenges experienced by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) that prompted the
postponement of the elections must be addressed to ensure
that the elections does not suffer any hitch whatsoever.
The Caucus expressed curiosity over the fact that certain
leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had full
knowledge of the plan to postpone the elections hours
before INEC made the announcement.
The Caucus, therefore, urged INEC to demonstrate its
independence and neutrality beyond doubts in all of its
activities before, during and after the period of elections as rescheduled.
It expressed deep regrets over the unfortunate death of
some of the party’s members due to stampede as a result
of overwhelming crowds during the party’s presidential
campaigns in some states of the federation.
The communique said the Caucus received with shock and
disbelief, the last minute postponement of the Feb. 16
Presidential and National Assembly elections.
It reiterated the party’s disappointment over the
postponement of the elections, considering especially, the
repeated assurances by INEC that all challenges would be
resolved before the elections.
“Notwithstanding the disappointment over the
postponement, the Caucus urged all APC members across
the country to rise above this temporary setback,” the
communique said.
It charged members of the party to recommit themselves to
working with re-doubled efforts for the victory of all its
candidates in the Feb. 23 and March 9 rescheduled dates
for the elections.
It urged all APC members to immediately commence
campaigns in line with the provisions of Section 99 (1) of
the Electoral Act, which stated clearly that campaigns
should stop 24 hours to the elections.
“Our party will therefore abide by the provisions of the law,” the communique said.
It, however, observed that the list of presiding officers in the States and Local Government Areas published by INEC prior to the aborted Feb. 16 elections contained names of mostly PDP card carrying members.It, therefore, urged INEC to take steps to correct this anomaly to ensure fairness and credibility of the electoral process.
News men report that the APC national caucus which is a
statutory organ of the party, was chaired by President
Muhammadu Buhari and had the Vice President and all the
party’s former and serving governors as members.
Its membership also includes the party’s serving
governors, and members of its National Working
Committee (NWC), among others.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had a few
hours to commencement of the presidential and National
Assembly elections announced the rescheduling of the
elections by one week.
By the postponement, the Presidential and National
Assembly elections now come up on Feb. 23, while the
Governorship and State House of Assembly and FCT Area
Councils elections come up on March 9.
Yakubu had said the decision to postpone the elections
was taken after a meeting with INEC Commissioners, citing “logistics’’ problems as issues that prompted the
postponement.
He said the decision was further necessitated after
reviewing the level of the commission’s preparedness for
the exercise.
He stressed that postponing the elections was a difficult
decision, but was necessary for the successful delivery of
the free, fair and credible elections and to consolidate on
Nigeria’s democracy. (NAN)

1 thought on “APC tasks security agencies on prosecution of thugs, ballot box snatchers

  1. i wonder what the APC chairman himself would have done if he were in INEC chairman’s shoe,sometimes it easier to lay blame on the in-efficiencies of people

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