n-ADC Man Speaks Extensively On Developments In The Country’s Politics.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to assent to the amended Electoral Act, as it was critical for the 2019 elections.
According to Chief Precious Elekima, Protem National Chairman, New African Democratic Congress (a group that pulled out from the African Democratic Congress on Tuesday) made the appeal in Abuja.
He noted that if the Bill was signed, 90 per cent of the incumbent elected officers would fail re-election because 98 per cent of the results that brought them in were rigged.
In his words “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will deliver credible elections in 2019 if the president signs the amendment.”
The election results in 2019 will embarrass everybody because we know that Nigerians will vote out a lot of them.”
Also describing the termination of the appointment of Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura, as “a hasty decision’’, Elekima noted that he expected the Federal Government to investigate issues surrounding Daura’s actions in connection with security siege at National Assembly on Tuesday, before sacking him.
According to Elekima “The decision of the security chieftain did not in any way create any problem. There is over dramatisation of the entire thing.
“The danger we stand of the use of public opinion to take decisions, playing to the gallery, is that it may discourage other security chiefs from taking proactive action.
“Yes, the sack decision sounds sweet but it is not the best.
“As far as I am concerned, the best that would have happened is that they should have taken time to investigate what happened.”
He said that the incident at the national assembly did not constitute threat to the country’s democracy.
Speaking on the breaking out of the ADC he said “ADC does not have any capacity to do that; we have the structure across the country, and that is why we pulled out of the ADC, which is now with the Conference of United Political Parties. (CUPP) ”
On involvement of former governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, in CUPP, Elekima said “in fairness to him, Duke never supported the CUPP.
“To the best of my knowledge. I don’t think he supports CUPP.”
He also revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not consult Duke before fusing Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) with ADC.
On Buhari’s request that part of the money meant for constituency projects in 2018 Budget be vired to fund 2019 elections, Elekima said there was nothing bad about it.
According to him, it is a matter of priority and scale of preference.
He also said that the national assembly had a responsibility to heed the call to reconvene to approve funds for the elections and attend to other urgent issues.
“It is not a matter of discretion, but a must for the lawmakers to reconvene and do the needful.
“It is their constitutional duty and they have no option. It is when they have finished it that they can go on recess.
“If they don’t approve the request and do what they are supposed to do, the government will be shut down and there will be total disruption. We already have anarchy on the ground.
“If they refuse and INEC cannot conduct elections, they will expire one day whether they like it or not.
“So, it is not a matter of discretion; they have to do the needful,” Elekima said.
He stated that the preponderance of requests by associations to be registered as political parties was due to lack of internal democracy existing parties.
“It is the misbehaviour of people, especially lack of internal democracy that has driven a lot of people into that.”
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