The Buhari Youth Organisation in Yobe state on Friday cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against allowing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) drag its name into the mud.
The group said for INEC to be seen by all as being a just umpire, the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led commission must be firm and resist all the supposed attempts by PDP to have its way during the forthcoming elections.
The group claimed that the ruling party was bent on having little or no change in past electoral procedures which was not immune against manipulation and which the PDP had used to a great advantage in the past.
Addressing journalists in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the state chairman of the organisation, Hon. Bashir Bukar Ba’ale said the organisation had accepted in good faith the postponement of the February 2015 election but there should not be any further shift in the dates, insisting that any further shift would not augur well for the nation’s democracy.
Ba’ale said: “Evidence given for the shift in the date of elections are not sufficient but since INEC acted within the ambit of law, we have accepted the postponement in good fate but any further postponement is an insurgency to democracy”
On the issue of insecurity and elections in Yobe State, the organisation said despite the security challenges bedevilling the state and the north-east geopolitical part of the country, the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission conducted a successful Local Government Election in 2013 hence there shouldn’t be any excuse, INEC cannot hide under the canopy of insecurity to thwart the smooth democracy the country has enjoy over the years.
The organisation also expressed confidence in the capability of the country’s security agencies and urged them not to allow the PDP led government to discredit them in the democratisation process of the country.
Ba’ale said it was commendable that the distribution of the permanent voter cards (PVCs) in Yobe State had recorded 80 % success even with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) collecting their PVCs.
He however rejected any attempt for an interim government to be imposed on the nation, stressing that the use of card reader during the forth-coming election should be encouraged as it would greatly reduce fraud and other electoral malpractices the country had witnessed in the time past.
Source: This Day