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The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights(CDHR), has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resist the secret connivance by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and All Progressives Congress(APC) to push for the postponement of the Ondo Governorship .
The group said the collusion between the party became worrisome coming few days to election, saying the clandestine plot was being deployed by the parties as a conspiracy against the wishes of the people of Ondo State.
In a statement issued in Akure, Ondo State capital, on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary ,Comrade Rasheed Raji Ropo, the group stated that INEC shouldn’t bow to these anti-democratic forces, to prevent politicians from tainting the integrity of the electoral Commission.
The Committee advised that INEC must not accede to the anticipatory demand, having just recovered from the malady of inconclusive election in the just concluded Edo State governorship poll.
“The INEC just recovered from conducting inconclusive elections. We experienced that in Kogi governorship election and that of River State is yet to be abated. Now that INEC had recovered from that, then let it maintain its stand that shifting elections without reason is a prelude to election rigging and subversion of the people’s collective will.
“We are calling on the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu to learn from the integrity of his predecessor, Prof Attahiru Jega, who had carved an enviable niche for himself as a Chief electoral officer, who organized a poll where a sitting president lost election to pave
way for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Subjecting the electorate to pervasive tension and unnecessary abeyance just because they want to exercise their franchize rights is tantamount to a breach of their rights.
“We have no security threat in the State to justify the new plot to thwart the suffrage of Ondo people.
The group appealed to the electorate to be steadfast and unwavering in their resolve to massively troop out and vote according to their conscience on Saturday.
Rasheed Ropo posited that it sounds so unfathomable and disheartening that the PDP and APC could be secretly rooting for election
postponement taking cognizance of the money the federal government would have to expend in preparing INEC ready to conduct the poll in spite of this crunchy economic recession.
“This is a time when Nigeria is striving to survive. The economy has become so debilitated to the extent that the poor are only grappling to survive. A litre of petrol is now N145, a bag of rice that was sold for N10,000 is now over N20,000 among other economic variables that have changed in a dramatic and frightening manner.
“The proponents of postponement must put aside their primordial and egocentric considerations and think of the economy first and the security of lives and property. So, INEC must resist this satanic plot and think about the interest of the populace”, he concluded
Group Advises INEC Not to Bow to Anti-democratic Forces in Ondo
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