Polls shift: Be calm, remain peaceful – Wamakko tells Nigerians

By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor

Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has appealed to Nigerians to keep calm and remain peaceful, just as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) has rescheduled the 2019 general elections.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani in a statement, Wamakko said although the postponement of the polls came to Nigerians unexpectedly, no patriotic citizen should use the surprising development to cause any breach of the peace.

“Although the news is extremely unpalatable to Nigerians, we should all take it in good faith and remain lawful, resolute and committed towards sustaining the invaluable peace and unity of Nigeria.

“A lot of arrangements have been made for the polls by the commission and other relevant agencies, while funds have been sunk into such plans.

“Yet, Nigerians should remain optimistic, as well as pray fervently to ensure that  the unexpected development becomes a good omen for the nation’s democratic journey .

“I must however urge INEC to immediately swing into action ,  do the needful and ensure the timely and adequate deployment of men and materials , in line with the new dates for the polls.

“This is crucial for Nigerians not to shake their confidence in the commission’s drive to conduct free, fair and transparent 2019 general elections,” Wamakko stated.

He further reiterated that the morale of the leadership and membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC ), nationwide including President Muhammadu Buhari, is formidably high.

“We have no any doubt that the party’s candidates, at all levels, across Nigeria, would win the rescheduled polls, In Sha Allahu.

“The good people of Nigeria should not in anyway be complacent in their unshaken resolve to reelect President Muhammadu Buhari and all candidates of the APC, nationwide .

“This is to shame the detractors , doubting Thomases and purveyors of ill-will , hence, facilitate the consolidation of the current , indelible achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Wamakko stated.

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