Sunday, 10 April 2011

DATELINE NIGERIA: Jonathan campaign condemns Buhari's claims

Jonathan campaign condemns Buhari's claims


The Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says President Goodluck Jonathan is not mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the botched National Assembly elections. Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Muhammadu Buhari had alleged in a statement on Monday, that Mr Jonathan and the PDP hierarchy have been putting pressure on the electoral body to do their bidding. A claim that the President denies and dismisses as baseless accourding to (New Generation Africa sources) close to the President and/or his office.

Describing the allegation as "baseless", the council in a statement yesterday, said it is a further confirmation of the campaign of calumny and falsehood for which the CPC has come to be associated with.
The council expressed disappointment that as a former head of state, Mr Buhari could not see the high security threat posed by the sudden cancellation of the parliamentary elections.
"It is indeed baffling and even disturbing that a former head of state like Buhari, could not see the high security threat posed by the cancellation of the National Assembly elections, and the need for the National Security Council (NSC) to meet and deliberate on crucial security matters arising from the cancellation," the council's spokesman, Abba Dabo said in the statement.
Peaceful elections
The PCC said that the INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega does not have control over security agencies and that the president is the one who has a constitutional duty to ensure that a conducive environment is created for the election.
"His (Jonathan) convening of the Security Council meeting is therefore not only in order, but appropriate. It is, therefore, unfortunate that the CPC saw this as a partisan act to exploit for electoral gains." Mr Jonathan, the council stressed, has since the postponement of the elections, done everything possible to strengthen INEC's hand and authority to ensure the rescheduled elections are conducted peacefully and transparently.
"We are, however, looking ahead to the new dates. We call on our supporters, party faithful to again come out en mass as they did last week to cast their votes in a peaceful manner," the council said.
Meanwhile, the United States will tomorrow in Abuja unfold its official position on the cancellation and postponement of the parliamentary polls.
That country's ambassador to Nigeria, Terence McCulley is expected to speak on a subject, "Democracy and Elections in Nigeria."


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