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Election Postponement: Buhari Calls on Supporters to Remain Calm

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Muhammadu BuhariGen. Muhammadu Buhari, APC Presidential Candidate on Sunday in Abuja, urged supporters and party faithfuls to be calm and have faith in INEC and the rescheduled general elections.

Buhari made the statement while briefing newsmen in Abuja following the decision by INEC to postpone the 2015 general elections by six weeks.

“I wish to appeal to you supporters for utmost restraint and calm by all Nigerians, and support our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It is important to note that although INEC acted within its constitutional powers, but as a Nigerian and a presidential candidate in the elections, I share in the disappointment and frustration of this decision,’’ he said.

According to him, this postponement coming a week to the first election, has raised so many questions, many of which shall be asked in the days ahead.

Buhari, however, said “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.

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,” Buhari said.

He further stated that, “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.

The APC presidential candidate said, “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, 28 and April 11, 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 Nigeria a great country that it should be. We must rescue our dear country. God being on our side, we shall salvage Nigeria together.”

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9 Comments

  1. Lola

    February 9, 2015 at 7:42 am

    What’s the fuss about election postponement?? Your voters are still your voters so what’s all the noise about? I thought apc has been complaining all along that the 3 states affected by Boko Haram were key apc strongholds?? They said pdp didnt want them to vote hence the allowed Boko Haram ravage and displace the 3 states. Is this not an opportunity for them to have their teeming displaced supporters go back home and vote for them??? Shifting election by inec by 6 weeks is still in the confinement of the Nigeria ‘ s constitution. Was 2011 elections not shifted?? I don’t understand why ignorant youths of today’s Nigeria and apc supporters are making noise. You guys wanted to vote for buhari on the 14th then it got shifted, pls wait and vote for him on the 28th of march. At least this postponement would enable apc campaign more and have more of your their supporters that haven’t collected their pvc, do so before the new date. Nigerians like to complain unnecessarily. They keep shouting change without knowing the meaning. #BUHARI #FAKE # CHANGE.

    • heeba

      February 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

      postponement of election is to be able to Rig…..PDP must go

  2. Ifeanyi

    February 9, 2015 at 8:09 am

    @Lola…as much as I restrained myself from Responding…I couldn’t. The whole Idea is to disqualify General Buhari from Contesting…they need a sitting Judge to do that and plans are already on the way…It is never about Security…How would you expect these service chiefs to defeat Boko Haram in 6 Weeks…a feat they were not able to achieve in 6 years…

    In saner climes, security chiefs resign for failure to provide security. But in Nigeria, security chiefs sabotage nations security, threaten citizens, and feed fat on our security budget. Shame! Shame!!Shame!!!

    WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT SAMBO DASUKI, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser:

    In August 1985, the evening of the 26th to be specific, at a time when Nigerians were celebrating the Muslim festival and enjoying the public holiday, a soldier named Badamasi Babangida was executing his plans of overthrowing the Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. One of the soldiers who arrested Buhari at gunpoint was a soldier named SAMBO DASUKI. After Buhari was arrested and his government toppled, IBB threw him into prison and handsomely rewarded Dasuki by making him his ADC (aide-de-camp). Sambo Dasuki was one of the four four army majors that arrested Buhari at gunpoint that day. Others were Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, Lawan Gwadabe, Abdulmumuni Aminu (I have written on him before). Buhari was left to rot in jail for two years and this wrecked his family life so bad that it led to a divorce with Safinatu, his beloved wife upon his release. While Buhari was also in jail, Babangida sent soldiers to ransack and vandalize his residence, in the process destroying some of Buhari’s most valuable credentials and valuables.

    Let me skip what happened to Sambo Dasuki and his father the former Sultan of Sokoto under General Abacha to today. He has been appointed as the National Security Adviser to President Jonathan and you really think Sambo Dasuki will want the elections to go on and Buhari become the President of Nigeria? Think again, what is going on has nothing to do with PVCs or bla bla bla. It is all about the interests of a few people strangling the country. I think all Nigerians should remain calm and read more and see how the game is played with the destinies of the almost 200 million of us. Things are not always what they seem to be.

    • winney

      February 9, 2015 at 11:12 am

      @ifeanyi, thats what you think, please stop the assumption. my dear a lot of us don’t have voters card, all i would say is, pray for Nigeria to be helped by God. my point is neither of them are saints, but let Gods choice prevail. the plan of our enemies is to destroy Nigeria and they have made and are making good plans to use the youths, you and i,(why tell me my father is the cause of my problem when you can help my father with resources?) lets stop the drama. pray and pray cos only God can bring change to this Nation.

  3. Lola

    February 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Ifeanyi don’t you know Jega has been compromised, there was a security alert, hence the need for the offensive on Boko Haram. As a southerner, I wonder what you are benefiting from supporting the APC. In my opinion, Jega should resign or sacked for insisting on going ahead with the election. A week to the election, 30 million people haven’t received their PVCs, majority of the staffs haven’t been properly trained, some of the PVCs are still on their way from abroad, he wanted to add 30,000 extra polling units to the north. He had four years to prepare for the elections. Is Jonathan the causer of all these issues? Did they go against the constitution? Is this the first time elections has been postponed in Nigeria? When Obasanjo had Maurice Iwu in his pocket, where were all of you. If Buhari commited perjury, he should be tried accordingly, no one is above the law. If it was GEJ you all would be screaming to the high heavens for his disqualification. This is our chance to go our separate ways so we can choose the kind of leader we want.

    • molarah

      February 9, 2015 at 11:46 am

      The kind of comments that make you go “What is this one now saying?”

      Sweetheart, pls, the last thing we need at this time is this your “divide Nigeria” comments. Save it for when the polity is a bit steady. People like you will make comments like this because you have your passport in hand ready to flee if the kitchen becomes too hot, be more sensitive and think of millions of others that don’t have that luxury.

      Buhari has given the most important message we all – APC, PDP, SDP, ETC supporters – need to hear at this time – calm down and let the electoral process take its course.

  4. Joe

    February 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I say no to DICTATORSHIP…..NO NO NO…..

    • Nnewi's finest!

      February 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      And i say no to your president GEJ’s foolishness and utter mumuness!!!!! NO! NO!! NO!!!!!!!!!

  5. http://xplorenollywood.blogspot.com

    February 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Spot on @molarah, the post speaks of Buhari asking his supporters to calm down and not instigate or throw any sort of feat in the name of the elections not holding. Whether the underlying reason is to rig, security issues or proper distribution of the PVC, we need to need to calm down and not use mediums such as this to push any conspiracy on people. #makelovenotwar.

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