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NIGERIA: Tinubu says poll shift is “democracy at gun point”

The party leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has reacted to the postponement of the 2015 General Elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Tinubu accused the Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega of caving in to pressure and blackmail while adding that Nigeria’s democracy is now at the mercy of the gun.

”The postponement of the Feb. 14 elections is a mere pretext by the PDP to gain time to perfect their rigging machine. Nigerians are unhappy,” Tinubu said on Sunday, February 8, via Twitter.

“This is democracy at gun point. Our democracy is now at the mercy of the gun. Jega caved in to pressure and blackmail. 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? The service chiefs are being clever by playing the script of the ruling party. They do their profession great harm and Nigeria damage,” he added.

“Nigerians are not ignorant of the plots/sub plots for postponement. An incumbent that pulls all the stops to postpone elections is a loser. For the ambition of one man and his partying cronies, the rights and interest of 68 million voters is violated There is a dictator in charge,” Tinubu continued.

“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. Let’s dissect carefully what was said. Postponed not because of security situation per se but because army decided to go on a belated offensive,” he concluded.

The postponement of the election was announced by Jega on Saturday, February 7, during a press briefing.

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