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Elections must hold in the North-East -Group

A group, the Northeast Democratic Network on Thursday said the Federal Government has no justifiable basis to stop elections in parts of the Northeast because of the Boko Haram insurgency.

The group argued that since similar attacks in Abuja, did not stop President Goodluck Jonathan and federal officials from going ahead with a planned rally in Kano, there was no basis to stop elections in the North-East.

Coordinator of the group, Mu’azu Ibrahim Misau said this in a statement in Abuja.

He recalled that the President led officials in singing and dancing 24 hours after more than 70 Nigerians were killed by suspected suicide bomber in Abuja.

Misau, said members of his group took particular interest in the explanation given by Information Minister, Labaran Maku on Wednesday, in which he said Jonathan went ahead with the Kano rally as planned mainly to prove to Boko Haram insurgents that their deadly activities wouldn’t hold back the country.

The group made this observation as part of the debate against fears that the Federal Government was planning to extend the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Should this happen, the Independent National Electoral Commission may decide to exclude the states from the 2015 elections.

The statement partly read: “What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.

“We are happy that the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku finally thought like our Governors in the northeast who have repeatedly argued that, should we exclude any part of Nigeria from the 2015 elections on account of Boko Haram, it means the sect can declare victory.

“In fact, we suspect that the sect members probably decided to resume extended attacks to other parts of Nigeria like Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and the most recently, Abuja so that the INEC might also consider suspending elections in more places,” it said.

The group appealed to the President or at least, the Information Minister, to speak against attempt to exclude any part of Nigeria.

Misau, urged members of the National Assembly especially those from the northeast to stand against any act capable of undermining the electoral rights of citizens.

The group called on citizens in the region not to elect bad leaders but only those with track records of performance.

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