Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner

2015 elections must hold on March 28 and April 11 —ACF

By News Express on 13/02/2015

Views: 2,639


The Board of Trustees and National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday declared that the 2015 polls must hold on the rescheduled dates.

“We reaffirm our faith and commitment to the democratic process in Nigeria, and we hold the elections of March 28th and April 11th sacrosanct and inviolate. The re-scheduled elections of March 28th and April 11th must take place and produce credible results. Under whatever circumstances, no attempt from any quarter should be made to interfere with the elections,” ACF said in a communiqué of the meeting held at its headquarters in Kaduna under the chairmanship of its Board of Trustees Chairman, Alhaji Adamu M. Fika (Wazirin Fika).

The group said in the communiqué signed by its National Chairman, IGP Ibrahim A. Coomassie (rtd.), that it will view any threat or intimidation against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as an attempt to further cripple its integrity and credibility of the elections. “INEC must also realise that it holds the future of this nation in its hands. There is a historic opportunity for the Chairman and Commissioners of the Commission to salvage the present dangerous situation in which our nation finds itself,” the communiqué said.

It added: “ACF irrevocably rejects any attempt to subvert the constitution and that no arrangement which violates the electoral Act or the constitution will be accepted by Nigerians. In particular, suggestion of an Interim Government that violates the Constitution must not be actualised. Similarly, attempts to prolong the life of this administration using the cover of national security will be resisted by Nigerians. In this respect, we strongly appeal to the National Assembly to resist any attempt to be used in violating the rights of Nigerians to live under the Constitution.

“We urge all Nigerians, particularly those in privileged positions of leadership on the need to support a peaceful conduct of the March/April elections and ensure that they are free, fair and credible. Losers should also accept the result and ensure a peaceful handover on May 29th. We look forward to an administration that will reverse the damaging politicisation of the public service, the police, the judiciary and the electoral process. We note that this administration has dragged the military into the electoral process for which they have no constitutional responsibility. ACF therefore, demands that the military be kept out of the electoral process. The only security requirement in the electoral process is the maintenance of law and order, which is the constitutional responsibility of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) which the Inspector General of Police has already indicated not only his capability but his preparedness.   

“ACF notes with disappointment threats from some elements in the Niger Delta that they will unleash mayhem on the rest of the country if the March/April elections do not produce the result they want. ACF is not intimidated by this. It is regrettable to observe that up till now security agencies have refused to arrest those threatening the nation and beating drums of war. We therefore urge them to immediately discharge their constitutional responsibility by arresting and prosecuting those who make such threats. The Attorney General of the Federation should particularly note this

“We appeal to the international community to maintain its vigil on events leading to the scheduled elections and sustain the pressure on the Government to honour its pledge to allow the elections to hold.

“We also appeal to leaders of regional groups, civil society organisations and leaders of communities at all levels to rally Nigerians to defend and protect our democracy and ensure that elections take place in March/April.

“We invite the attention of the Nigerian Military to its hallowed and constitutional duty to protect the peace, security and survival of our fatherland. This is the time for our military to stand behind the people and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which they have sworn to protect.

“ACF rejects the allegation that it had a meeting with the Chairman or any member of INEC This is not true and is baseless. ACF has instructed its lawyers to look into the matter and take appropriate legal action.”

•File photo shows ACF National Chairman Coomassie addressing a press conference.

Source News Express

Posted 13/02/2015 07:27:41 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Osinbajo laments ‘high-level’ corruption, says ‘we mustn’t allow...

The military, ‘Zaria massacre’ and a defective federation,...

Military spits fire, warns against breach of peace...

Nigeria’s 12-year-old genius set to display talent in...

PDP youth group accuses Secondus of plotting to...

Police frees Radio Biafra Director’s supporters arrested in...

Second Term: Buhari keeps mum on cabinet

Brand Finance Global 500: Allianz tops insurance brand...

South African parents protest against black school principal...

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-US President George Bush Senior is...

ICT investment will grow economy, SystemSpecs tells government...

Army commander caught on video stealing apples

 

Latest News Why we attacked Ike Ekweremadu in Germany — IPOB •Warns Nnia Nwodo, Govs Umahi, Ikpeazu, Obiano 63 reported dead, 182 wounded as bomb explodes at wedding Beating of Ekweremadu and the stones awaiting others, By Fredrick Nwabufo SERAP backs EFCC’s probe of Obasanjo govt’s $16bn power project Imo Guber: Apprehension in Ihedioha’s Camp Attack on Ekweremadu in Germany an embarrassment to Nigeria, says Dabiri-Erewa Many killed in fresh communal clash in Benue Bayelsa guber: Dickson sets up campaign committee to pick PDP candidate Trump to drop out of 2020 race within months — Former aide Alleged N3b scam: Oyo-Ita weighs options, seeks soft landing Taraba killing and the need to end Police-Army rivalry Insecurity: FG considers closing borders

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (527,747 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (438,122 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (382,877 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (321,771 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (289,812 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (250,919 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (245,512 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (232,142 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (227,573 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (213,830 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (192,781 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (190,707 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (98) Business & Economy (4,392) Business Verdict (78) Columnists (1,093) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (214) Entertainment (647) Features (795) Global Business Monitor (417) ICT Monitor (58) International (3,839) Interview (198) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (166) Maggie's Blog (379) News (50,094) Opinion (1,323) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,310) Religion (1,085) Sports (2,133) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera