The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in the Senate, on Sunday, 8th February, 2015 condemned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to postpone the February 14 and 28 elections.
A statement by the group’s spokesperson, Senator Babafemi Ojudu representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, described the postponement as a ‘teleguided plot’ by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) to derail democracy.
“What we are seeing is a desperate and jittery response to the imminent defeat of the PDP. The postponement has shown the helplessness of INEC in the face of a malicious cabal bent on destroying the fabric of democracy,” the statement said.
The group said the decision has raised a big credibility question on INEC and the forthcoming elections. “This decision is born out of fear of defeat and malice against the people of Nigeria in the face of the overwhelming support the All Peoples Congress, (APC) command across the country,” the statement added.
It stated further that the PDP leadership in collaboration with INEC, has put Nigeria in extremely bad light in the comity of nations
“The postponement is a diversionary tactics. It undermines the aspirations of Nigerians and dims the hope for change in a country that in the past has seen bitter upheavals due to similar partisan posture of the election umpire,” the APC Senate Caucus stated..
The statement said further that INEC has placed itself above the interest of the people adding that the action of INEC run contrary to the decision of the Council of State which ordered that the elections should go ahead as planned.
“The action of the PDP will have serious negative impact on the economy. It will spur public distrust, dampen people’s morale and deplete the resources of stakeholders in the electoral process,” the statement added.’.
It concluded that, “this action has brought the integrity of Nigeria into an all time low. It has deepened the political crisis engineered in the first place by the PDP.
“INEC and the PDP leadership did not consult the opposition which is a major stakeholder in the political process in taking the decison”.