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Muhammadu Buhari, APC presidential candidate calls for calm after elections in Nigeria are postponed
| February 09, 2015
After the postponement of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), accused the ruling People's Democratic Party of engineering the postponement. The Independent Electoral National Commission (INEC) said it postponed the Feb. 14 presidential elections to March 28, after security chiefs told INEC that they could not guarantee security in the Northeastern part of Nigeria due to planned operations to fight Boko Haram in the next few weeks." "In a statement General Buhari, called the postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) an attempt to subvert the electoral process. The full text of his statement said, Following the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2015 general elections by six weeks, I wish to appeal for utmost restraint and calm by all Nigerians, especially the teeming supporters of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)." "This postponement, which comes on the heels of the bogey of the National Security Adviser that half of the registered voters were being disenfranchised was exposed as a crude and fraudulent attempt to subvert the electoral process. The PDP administration has now engineered a postponement using the threat that security will not be guaranteed across the length and breadth of Nigeria because of military engagement in some states in the North East. It is important to note that although INEC acted within its constitutional powers, it is clear that it has been boxed into a situation where it has had to bow to pressure. Thus, the independence of INEC has been gravely compromised." "As a Nigerian and a presidential candidate in the elections, I share in the disappointment and frustration of this decision. This postponement coming a week to the first election has raised so many questions, many of which shall be asked in the days ahead. However, 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 in the face of certain defeat at the polls." "If anything, this postponement should strengthen our resolve and commitment to rescue our country from the current economic and social collapse from this desperate band. Our desire for change must surpass their desperation to hold on to power at all cost. We are clearly dealing with people who feel they can get away with placing their personal interest over those of our nation and its citizens. 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." "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. 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 28th and April 11th, 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 it the 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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OMOTAYO, J. A    Eldoret, KENYA    February 10, 2015
Thanks for your peace for general calmness. While it may be true that there is an ulterior motive, rigging, to postpone the electios, we must also note that Mr. Jega is an under-performer. He failed previously in all election. In 2011, many innocent souls were lost apart from properties destroyed. Mr. Jega could not have done better this year. Going by the increasing tension in the land, it would have been worse to hold the elections or selections as designed by Mr Jega.

In my view, there are many reasons why the elections should be postponed. First, the PVC have not been fully distributed. Second, INEC needs time for logistics. Third, the period allocated for campaign, Jan 2 - Feb 13, is only 43 days. This is TOO short. No presidential candidate can fully cover all 36 States and FCT within this time frame. Fourth, electorates need time to reflect and digest campaign promises to make informed decisions. Fifth, there is tension in the land now. The postponement can ease it. Sixth, all political parties have more time to review their strategies and logistics.
However, the fact remains that the bulk stops at Mr. Jonathan's table. He was aware that elections are to be held every four years. Since he promised in 2011 to conduct free and credible elections in 2015, he has failed Nigerians. This is another reason for the much desired "Change". Change is inevitable. Nigerians have suffered enough in the land. There is DEFINITELY NO ROOM FOR CONTINUITY. God save Nigeria
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