By Samuel Ogundipe
Former Lagos State governor and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has condemned the postponement of the 2015 general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
The Commission had on Saturday night announced a 6-week postponement of the elections from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, for presidential and National Assembly and gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, respectively.
In a series of posts on his Twitter page shortly after the commission’s chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, made the pronouncement, Tinubu said “The postponement of the Feb. 14 elections is a mere pretext by the PDP to gain time to perfect their rigging machine,” adding that “Nigerians are unhappy.”
He further questioned the motive behind the decision by INEC: “What is new about the security situation in the last one week that has not been there in the past 3 years to warrant this postponement?”
He accused the military chiefs of the role they played in the controversial postponement and warned them of the consequences.
“The service chiefs are being clever by half. By playing the script of the ruling party they do their profession great harm and Nigeria damage,” he wrote.
He also raised the alarm that Nigeria’s “democracy is at gunpoint,” but urged all the party faithful to desist from any act of violence while remaining resolute in their quest for change.
“The APC will counsel its members and Nigerians to be calm as the party processes this. We know there is no stopping the wind of change.”