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Any decision to postpone 2019 poll will be disastrous, says Makarfi

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 13, 2018, 08:51:04 PM
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• Jang canvasses micro-zoning to accommodate Middle Belt
• Kwankwaso pledges to respect decision on consensus candidate


A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, yesterday said the purported plot to postpone the 2019 general elections would derail the nation’s democracy and throw Nigeria into anarchy.

This is coming on the heels of alleged plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift the 2019 polls.

The former Governor of Kaduna State, however, urged Nigerians not to react negatively in the event that the Federal Government falls for the plan, but insist on sustaining the country’s democracy through constitutional means.

Makarfi, who is also a presidential aspirant under the PDP said: ”The report that INEC has hinted at the possibility of postponing the 2019 general elections on account of threats of violence must have come to not a few Nigerians as the shocker of the year.

“This is not only because the commission has been giving assurances of its readiness for the polls, but also because of the significance of the elections to the development of democracy and Nigeria’s continued peaceful coexistence.”

In a statement issued yesterday by his spokesman, Mukthar Sirajo, the presidential hopeful said he has been appalled by the news and had actually been expecting either a rebuttal or clarification from INEC.

However, presidential aspirant, Jonah Jang has said that the North should further micro-zone the presidential slot to the Middle Belt due to the diverse nature of the country, insisting that the different segments should be considered so that every part of the country is carried along.

He stated this through the Acting Director General of Jonah Jang for President, Prof. Shedrack Best.

“The PDP has zoned the presidential slot to the North, but each time political power comes to the North, it does look like a preserve of the North West or of some other zones. And hardly would the Middle Belt make it to a true competitive democracy.

“And because we are talking about inclusion, representation and the nation’s diversity, we believe that this time around should be for the Middle Belt. It is the turn of the Middle Belt,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, another PDP presidential aspirant, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has pledged to abide by the outcome of the proposed meeting of PDP presidential aspirants aimed at picking the party’s consensus candidate for the 2019 election.

Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, made the assertion during his visit to Minna, Niger State, where he met with former military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, as part of his campaign tour of the country.

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Re: Any decision to postpone 2019 poll will be disastrous, says Makarfi

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 13, 2018, 09:00:23 PM
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The PDP has zoned the presidential slot to the North, but each time political power comes to the North, it does look like a preserve of the North West or of some other zones. And hardly would the Middle Belt make it to a true competitive democracy.

heehehe. :-[
The political reality and fact is that the middle belt has aided and abetted this tendency through the years.
Crying over it now is tantamount to Esau crying over the birth right he sold to Jacob for a pot of pottage.
Methinks that is the HARD BALL politics of Nigeria -though some are still naive about this reality.
If the Yoruba and Igbo decide to play bad boy politics like the middle belt has done in the years gone by, the middle belt would never smell power at the top in Nigeria.
That is why one needs to be honest to oneself before taking a political stand.
Nigeria needs to be restructured so that every geopolitical zone can decide its own destiny without worrying about producing Nigeria's president.

Re: Any decision to postpone 2019 poll will be disastrous, says Makarfi

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 13, 2018, 09:09:58 PM
As for INEC's kite about possibility of postponing the elections, it is a mischievous and irresponsible statement, to say the least.
 
How can INEC start talking about such things 5 clear months before the election date?
Since when did INEC become soothsayers?
And also since when did politician threats rise to serious challenges to security on election day?
Politicians have been threatening fire and brimstone for DECADES in Nigeria before each elections, but each time we still have elections.
If the INEC of Attahiru Jega and of Goodluck Jonathan were to think along these lines, the 2015 elections would NOT have taken place -at all.
If people want to suspend our democracy to institute direct dictatorship, they should be bold enough to say so.
They shouldn't pussyfoot around politician threats to suspend Nigeria's democracy.

But Nigerians should be thankful to INEC for letting them know that the democracy we all fought hard for is in real danger of being destroyed.
Nonsense.  8)

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