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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

POLITICS: "If INEC Delays 2015 Election Again, There Will Be Coup, Military Will Take Over" --- BUHARI Threatens

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has warned that further postponement of the March 28 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission will amount to “a civilian and military coup.” While advising INEC to take note of its constitutional limitations, he also ruled out participation in any election debate following the postponement of the elections. The former Head of State, sounded the warning in an interview with journalists on Monday in Abuja during a courtesy call on him by the first elected President of Malawi and Leader of the Commonwealth Election Observers Group, Dr. Bakili Muluzi.

He said, “We told them about the change in the dates of elections and the constitutional limitations of INEC. That is the last card for INEC and they cannot delay the elections anymore. So, it is up to the government to facilitate a free, fair and credible election.
“If they fail to do that then, they will be indulging in a civilian and military coup because the constitution is very clear that certain days to the swearing in, there must be an election which will usher in a new government. So, there are no more excuses. INEC has given a document that they are ready for the election.
“They said they had trained their personnel, acquired equipment and have been distributing voter cards. But the security chiefs wrote INEC and demanded six more weeks.
“Okay, they have been given six weeks and that is the end of it. So we are getting ready for the election of March 28.

“Our enormous support has grown; we have visited 34 out of the 36 states in the country. It remains two states and Abuja and that will complete it. We are now conducting town hall meetings with interest groups, business people, the elite and youths. I appeal to our supporters to remain calm.”
Asked if he would participate in further debate due to the shift in presidential election date, Buhari said, “We are having town-hall meetings and the party (APC) has taken a superior position.”
Muluzi had while thanking Buhari for receiving his team, said that he had discussions with INEC.
He said, “I am from the Commonwealth and we are about 11 members who have been drawn from Commonwealth countries to observe the elections with some members of staff from London.
“We arrived here on Saturday and we normally arrive in any country in which we want to observe election five days before, just to interact with stakeholders and the leadership to understand the situation on the ground. It was only on Saturday night that we were informed that the election will now hold on March 28.

“We met with INEC this (Monday) morning and we raised some questions and they also answered the questions. We also thought that there should be an opportunity to meet the leadership. INEC has postponed the elections for six weeks.
“I just want to appeal to the Nigerian people, especially at this time, to remain calm. This is why I do congratulate him (Buhari) because he has asked his supporters to remain calm until the election is held on March 28.
“It is very important, Africa is still very important. We still have to create employment for our people. And if we are going to create chaos in our country, we will be unfair to our people who are looking forward to the leadership for employment. And therefore peace becomes very important. I will have to appeal to Nigerians to remain calm.”
Muluzi also said the delegation would meet with President Goodluck Jonathan to make the same appeal so that he must appeal to his supporters to remain calm.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III-led Jama’atu Nasir Islam, has warned politicians against jeopardising the nation’s democracy with the postponment of the elections by INEC.
In its reaction to INEC’s decision to delay the polls, the body also asked politicians to fear God in their actions.

The apex Islamic body said on Monday that political gladiators should not jeopardise the already tensed situation in the country.
A statement by the JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, in Kaduna on Monday, however, asked Nigerians to remain calm by not further heating up the polity.
It said, “The JNI, under the leadership of its President-General, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and his lieutenants, after listening to the shift in dates of the 2015 general elections by six weeks, as announced by INEC, is watching with keen interest the uproar the decision is currently generating in the country and therefore calls for caution by all political gladiators.
“They should, in the name of God, not jeopardise the already tensed situation of grief and anxiety.”

SOURCE: PUNCH NEWSPAPER

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Salako Stephen

Boko haram again

Ephraim Joseph Mustard

Dis man was d chief of noise maker during his sch days. Yeye man

Vera Obiuwevbi

noise ooooo

Yvonne Onaibe

i read the same news this morning..........not a propaganda

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

People will dismiss the messenger forgetting the message. That's one of the biggest problems we have in this country. I addressed why there might be a coup in another post. Its a reality. Let's not just kid ourselves. We're still not far removed from the military rule. Our constitution and system has not been strengthen but over time we've even weakened it. We must do everything possible to avert a coup. What Nigerians don't understand is coup really isn't a thing of the past. The former NSA Gusau is a serial coup plotter and the present one Dasuki has participated in the past. Although protests wouldn't stop men from planning it. That's the sad part. If they want to plan and participate in coups, men would be willing to do so. There are people in the military who have seen the decay and dying systems and would think their opportunity to set things right is presenting itself.

Ann Ab

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Terna Benshog Shogodo

Edeson likes contradicting everything. Besides Buhari was talking about jona's plan to boycott may 29 as the shift in date may result to a shift in the hand over date, and hence a coup

Yetunde Folashade Lawal Onuegbu

U better learn to write ur own stories instead of doing copy and paste, more so is dat d only story u see or heard? d soldiers deployed to tinubus house by ur oga u no hear or read dat abi?U ar so sooo biased!

Ọlá Bello

Yet another bias post from you Edeson.. May the love of money not block our windpipe when its time to speak the truth. Nevermind. Aren't we all in this together!

Endy Edeson

@yetunde: i write my own stories as well. even NTA take news from CNN. and CNN takes news from REUTERS provided it's genuine. i wonder why you keep on attacking me each time i post stories. is anything wrong with this post? Let me tell, popular NEWSPAPERS also takes STORIES from my blog too.

Amaechi Paulo Bienonwu

Look at is face old man make him support to they think of him grand children dey here dey look 4 who him go cause trouble with .my padi goodluck @ aka super paulo

Dahiru Adamu

He repeated what Okupe said before."If GMB win, govt.should invite army to handover"who is said at the first time?where is ur post on Okupe speech?

Mercy Dan

Endy no mind haters, we good pple do appreciate ur work. if they think its easy, let them do theirs. Godbless u Endy, may u live long. As for buhari, youth are the leaders of 2maro yet buhari is stil a youth @73 n our 2maro's leaders re busy dieing for him! If u don't learnt to lead, how will u lead right? 2day is not yestayears oh! I de watch!

Ticia Philips

U ar an empty vessel Buhari u cannot do more than a dead cockroach

Prince Raheem Samod Babatunde

@Endy, let me ask u a question. If som1 tries to take wat rightly belongs 2 u nd u warn d person dat deir wil b consequences, do u tink ur words are a threat 2 dat person? My guess is dat, u don't even understand d point GMB is trying 2 prove bcos u are being sentimental. Try 2 read nd re-digest stories before u pick headlines! Nd dose popular newspapers u claim are getting stories 4rm u are obviously nt qualified enough 2 produce newspapers! U can cal dem pirates. Ur posts dis days brings dose mess 2 u!

Ticia Philips

All these boko haram here are busy supporting this deadly buhari bt i gat news for u all GOODLUCK TILL 2019

Prince Raheem Samod Babatunde

Mercy dan, ur name does nt define u bcos u are indeed merciless! Do u tink of trillions of nigerian citizens suffering bcos of dis bad govt? Do tink of d chibok girls at al? Do u even have a heart? Ask urself! U said u are d gud pple whereas, u are worst dan d devil himself. Ticia, u wil soon see who d real empty vessel is when Buari emerges as d new president. When dat time comes, i advice u take to ur heels into d jungle where u belong. Enemies of progress!!!

Msix Da Masterpiece

EDESON do ur thing..anyoda story here,na story 4d god's

Kingsley Massimo Giadom

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Ticia Philips

Raheed buhari can only become president in ur mosque and in ur dream nt in Nigeria u ar d enemy of progress i dont need to tell u where u belong cos its obvious u dwell with pigs u want change from ur grandfather @73 yrs u should think of how to become d president nt looking unto ur grandfather for change. Shameless he goat

Mercy Dan

@Rasheed, I don't exchange words wif pple like you sha. We already kno ur worth.

Nma Lawal

Edesom don't spoil ur career bcos u want to support clueless nd shoeless men

Ezeoke Emmanuel

‪#‎prince‬,wht is rightly to buhary?is aso rock his fada property,did u remember wht he said in d last election wch has happen nd still heppening nw

Edobor John

Fake post.

Prince Raheem Samod Babatunde

Kingsley, Endy is my guy nd i admire his works alot. Ask him, he wil tell u about me. No b 2day we don dey 2geda! It is u fools who just bulge in bcos of campaign dat are complicating issues on his wall. I'm sure he feels me! Nd to u fools, i'm nt Rasheed. When u can't even see my name clearly, hw do i expect u 2 see d failure of dis govt. Ticia, u wait nd see. U will b dumbfonded wen d tym comes. @Endy, is ur wall now 4 pdp surporters alone? Pls, let us know! These fools will just chase ur real fan away.

Prince Raheem Samod Babatunde

Kingsley, back to dat curse of urs. U obviously don't know who u are fucking with. If u know who i am, u wouldn't dare to ask thunder to strike me! For ur information, Thunder itself is scared of me! Bt, since u called upon it badly bt on someone it can never attack, dat puts u on its hunt list cos dat is how it works! watch ur back bcos it wil definately strike u one of dis days! Ticia, u too shld watch out! Ur boss gej wil b proud of ur loyalties!

Ticia Philips

Empty vessels make noise most im nt surprised


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