- Southern and middle-belt leaders said they are worried about 2019 elections
- They claimed INEC's conduct in the Osun rerun election was not professional
- The group called on the international community to take note
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has expressed fear over the possible conduct of the 2019 general elections saying what happened in Osun state does not provide confidence.
The Guardian reports that the forum comprising southwest, south-south, southeast and middle belt leaders, in a statement on Thursday, October 4, said the rerun election in Osun state raises concern.
They said the chances of Nigeria having free, fair and credible election in the general elections remain slim.
He said: “That the election, which should have been concluded at the first ballot, was forced into a contrived inconclusive mode, to perpetrate one of the worst malfeasance in electoral contest in recent time, is practical demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s slip months back that he was still shocked that former President Goodluck Jonathan conceded to him in 2015.
“The apparent complicity of the security agencies in the supplementary election seriously undermines the commitment of the federal government under the ruling party, All People Congress (APC) to ensure that the 2019 General Elections will be free fair and credible and above all respect and guarantee the independence of INEC.”
They called on the international community to “engage all stakeholders and to work with all political parties across the board to ensure that the government of Nigeria does not stand on the way of a smooth electoral process in 2019.”
Meanwhile, the Kwankwaso-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted claims that the party’s primary election conducted in Kano state has been cancelled.
Vanguard reports that the faction has insisted that there was no reason to cancel the election which was conducted according to the constitutional provisions of the party.
“We declared the date and the venue for the elections as provided by the party’s constitution only to get there and find it sealed by the police without any reason,” Hajiya Binta Spikin, the spokesperson for the faction said.
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