The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against any plan to not conduct elections in the troubled North-East states.
On Monday, the Chief Press Secretary to Attahiru Jega, Kayode Idowu, has said that unless security of INEC’s staff is guaranteed, elections will not be conducted in the three states.
In a response, APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, stressed that the party will continue to insist that elections must hold in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
According to Mohammed, “The issue is appearing as a ploy to ensure the tide of Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states is not stemmed so as to provide an excuse for not holding elections there.
“Federal Government and INEC know what they are doing. They are playing hide and seek game in this issue. Some days ago, the outgoing REC in Borno said only 12 of the 27 local government areas of the state would have elections. Later, he allegedly reversed himself, saying the elections would hold only in two.”
“If elections are not held in the North-east (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states), it favours them (PDP). Everybody knows how strong APC is in those states. So not having elections there is an act of causing us disadvantage. They have seen the figures of collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs. They are terrified.”