Press statement from Gen. Buhari on the 2015 general elections postponement

February 9, 2015 5:06 am

Press statement from presidential candidate Gen. Buhari on the election postponement…

We Must Remain Calm But Resolute
Following
the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
postpone the by six weeks, I wish to appeal for
utmost restraint and calm by all Nigerians, especially the teeming
supporters of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This
postponement, which comes on the heels of  the bogey of the National
Security Adviser that half of the registered voters were being
disenfranchised was exposed as a crude and fraudulent attempt to subvert
the electoral process.

The PDP administration has now engineered a
postponement using the threat that security will not be guaranteed
across the length and breadth  of because of military engagement
in some states in the North East.  
It  is important to note that
although INEC acted within its constitutional powers, it is clear that
it has been boxed into a situation where it has had to bow to pressure.
Thus, the independence of INEC has been gravely compromised.

As
a Nigerian and a presidential candidate in the elections, I share in
the disappointment and frustration of this decision. This postponement
coming a week to the first election has raised so many questions, many
of which shall be asked in the days ahead. However, we must not allow
ourselves to be tempted into taking actions that could further endanger
the democratic process.  

Our
country is going through a difficult time in the hands of terrorists.
Any act of violence can only complicate the security challenges in the
country and provide further justification to those who would want to
exploit every situation to frustrate the democratic process in the face
of certain defeat at the polls.

If
anything, this postponement should strengthen our resolve and
commitment to rescue our country from the current economic and social
collapse from this desperate band. Our desire for change must surpass
their desperation to hold on to power at all cost.  We are clearly
dealing with people who feel they can get away with placing their
personal interest over those of our nation and its citizens. What is at
stake is the very survival of our country. We must not allow this
temporary delay to abort this great opportunity.   While I share the
pains and frustrations of my fellow citizens over this development, my
deep faith in the democratic process assures me that this country, with
your support, will overcome.

We
must remain resolute and rise above all provocations. We must continue
to trust in the entire democratic process and in INEC, which has been
brought under so much pressure in the last few days. Our trust can only
serve to encourage the electoral body to remain steadfast and remain
committed to the rule of law.  I wish to state strongly that our  party
will not tolerate any further interference with the electoral process.
The rescheduled elections of March 28th and April 11th, 2015 must be sacrosanct.

Nigeria
is definitely greater than any of us, and much more important than our
individual ambitions. Before us there was Nigeria, and long after we are
gone there will still be Nigeria. Let  us continue to do our part to
make it thegreat  country that it should be. We must rescue our dear
country. God  being on our side, we shall salvage Nigeria together.

God Bless Nigeria! 

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Party, APC.

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