Group urges Nigerians to forget Febrauay 16 disappointment , come out in emass to vote on 23

Group urges Nigerians to forget Febrauay 16 disappointment , come out in emass to vote on 23

Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) has urged Nigerians to forget disappointment of February 16 presidential election postponement and come out emass to vote candidates of their choice on Saturday 23.
Prof Aloysius Okolie, the National President of NPSA made the call in Nsukka on Tuesday while briefing newsmen, he said the disappointment of February 16 should rather increase the resolve of citizens to exercise their franchise on Saturday presidential election.
“Nigerians should support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at this critical and trying moment by coming out emass on February 16 and March 9 to vote for candidates of their choice.
” NPSA appeal to Nigerians to discountenance the disappointment of February 16 but increase their resolve to come out in large numbers to exercise their civic responsibility,” he said.
Okolie who is senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka urged INEC to review the electoral process and consider if the one week postponement would be enough for it to conduct credible, fair and free presidential election.
“The citizens and international community will be happier if the election is further postponed and at long last the country harvest free, fair and world adjudged one of the best elections.
“INEC should resist every form of interference from government, political gladiators and non-govermental agencies that will tamper with the constitutional mandate of the commission to deliver credible elections to Nigerians.
“NPSA is ready to partner with INEC to deliver the best election that will be acceptable locally and internationally,’ he said.
The National President urged political parties, candidates and their supporters to play according to rules of engagements by avoiding violence as well as accepting the wishes of Nigerians that would be expressed in ballot papers on February 23 and March 9.
“INEC should stand firm and resist all forces of rigging and subversion of people’s mandate.
“The commission on its own part, should play the role of unbiased umpire while security agencies should resist any attempt to used them as an instrument to aid electoral fraud as well as intimidating of voters.
“Electorates should say no to all forms of vote buying as that will amount to selling the future of the country,” he said.
Okolie noted that empirical indices available had shown that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress and former Vice-president Alahaji Abubakar Atiku of People Democratic Party were strong contenders in the presidential race as they stand 50-50 chance to win the Saturday February 23 presidential election,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *