2015 Elections: February Polls Should Not Hold – Balarabe Musa


The former governor of Kaduna State, Mr Balarabe Musa has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the general elections on grounds of insecurity and inability of a large number of Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

He made the call while speaking at a forum organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna.

Musa also pointed out that the manner with which the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), are going about their campaigns, gives bad signals that the elections will not be peaceful, free and fair, if they hold in February.

He warned of a repetition of the 2011 post election violence in some parts of the country where scores of people were killed, adding that if INEC goes ahead to conduct the 2015 polls on the 14th and 28 of February a repeat will be on the cards.

Stating that the Nigerian Constitution gives room for postponement of elections, the former governor is advocating for a National Unity Government whereby all political parties will be fully represented.

He further alleged that the ruling PDP will capitalise on the trend of violence witnessed at campaign rallies across the country to rig the elections if INEC goes ahead to conduct the exercise.

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