- Former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, has raised serious concerns over the conduct of 2019 general elections
- Bafarawa said the issue of insecurity in the country does not give room for the election to hold
- He said the APC-led federal government is too disorganised and reckless to be entrusted with a crucial national assignment such as the general elections
As the 2019 general elections are fast approaching, former governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, has suggested that there will not be any election.
Vanguard reports that Attahiru Bafarawa noted that the issue of insecurity in the country, particularly the violence, killings of innocents and the destruction of property by agents of darkness were serious pointers to the fact that the election would be a dangerous gamble at this point in time.
According to a statement issued by him, federal government under the APC had clearly demonstrated through the party’s ongoing congresses that it did not have the capacity to preside over the affairs of a diverse and multi- ethnic country such as Nigeria.
The former governor said: “If the APC and its government cannot organise a peaceful, fair and credible congresses, how can it hold a general election that will most likely bring about a change of government? An election is a very serious event and a party or a government which cannot deal with its internal issues cannot face the reverberations of a general election.”
The the problem with the APC was greed, noting that those at the commanding heights of the APC administration were driven by desperation, saying: “They want to hold on to power at all costs.”
The result, he said, is the ”deadly struggle that has now manifested in the APC congresses across the country. A government or a party that does not know what internal democracy is all about will not accept the verdict of an election in which it is a loser.
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“I strongly believe that even if an election takes place, the APC government will not accept defeat. It will like to hold on to power. And this will have dangerous consequences for the peace and stability of the country.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the INEC on Tuesday, January 9, released the timetable and schedules of activities for the 2019 general elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said in Abuja that the dates for National Assembly and Presidential elections remain Feb. 16, 2019; while governorship and State House of Assembly elections, will hold on March 2, 2019.
Yakubu said that the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from primaries for national and state elections has been slated for between Aug. 18 and 2018 to Oct. 7, 2018.
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