FORMER Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has said he is optimistic that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct the re-scehduled general election, saying people should not look at the present insecurity challenges bedevilling the country as a problem that is restricted to a particular zone of the country.
IBB said this when he received the members of Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC) in his Minna Hilltop residence.
He said: “I have every confidence that there will be elections.”While speaking on whether the military can overcome the insurgency problems within six weeks as promised by the Federal Government, IBB said “I think people should not see the insecurity as restricted to North-East alone, it is the problem of the entire country. Nigeria is under insurgency not only North-East. Nigerians should see it from that perspective and for that they should support the military to end the insurgency.”
On whether the shifting of election dates will affect the outcome of the elections, the former military leader opined that the elections would be conducted peacefully, considering the arrangements on ground and stated the output of the elections would not be affected.
He, however, enjoined INEC to improve on the provision of information in respect of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) cards exercise, saying from what he was hearing on Radio, there was a need for improvement on voter education, especially on where to collect their PVCs.
Babangida also commended ACAC for propagating the gospel of peace, particularly at this period when electioneering campaign was at its peak while on the other hand the country is grappling with problem of insecurity, assuring them of his support at all time.
Earlier in his remark, the Niger State coordinator of the organisation, Mohammed Mohammed, appealed to INEC to play its role in the conduct of the forthcoming general elections as enshrined in the constitution, insisting that it is only by being an unbiased umpire that the election could be conducted in a peaceful, fair and equitable manner.
Source: Tribune


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