The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has slammed the decision to postpone the general elections. He described the security concerns given as a cover for the desperation of President Goodluck Jonathan to avoid defeat.
“They were postponed because one man, President Jonathan, feared that an election held on February 14 would for him become an election lost. While the mouth was Jega, the words were Jonathan’s,” he said in a statement, yestserday.
“He chose to place our democracy at risk than do what democracy demands by facing and risking the verdict of the people. That he would use our security agencies to provide his excuse only adds insult to injury.
“This act was the desperation of a man in fear of defeat. It was not done for the national good. It was the wrong thing done for the wrong reason by the wrong man.”
“The rationale stated by the heavily intimidated INEC chairman does not withstand close scrutiny or the rigours of logical thought. It is nothing but a lie draped in a falsehood born by deceit.
“For the Service Chiefs to be inserted in the electoral process in this manner and at the eleventh hour reveals nothing but a cynical plot to thwart elections.
“President Jonathan has revealed that he only wants elections where the guaranty is that he shall win. This is not the nature of democratic elections.
“If elections could hold in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, why not in Nigeria where only 14 out of 774 council areas are under siege? This postponement may be the prelude to even rasher more authoritarian action by this desperate, inept government,” Tinubu said.
The former governor of Lagos was at the forefront of a merger that became the major challenger to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Recent polls have shown that not the APC nor the PDP really has a thing over the other in terms of awareness among the electorate. Before the elections were postponed, the APC had gathered so much momentum that it seemed certain to win the presidential election earlier scheduled for Feb. 14. Whether the postponement will be a game changer remains to be seen.