Polls shift: Dickson asks Buhari to convene emergency Council of State assembly – The Punch


Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to convene an emergency Nationwide Council of State assembly to debate points regarding Saturday’s postponement of the overall elections.

Dickson made the decision in a press release issued by his Particular Adviser on Media, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

He mentioned that the assembly needs to be expanded to incorporate the management of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, safety companies and get together candidates.

He mentioned that the management of INEC needs to be invited to temporary the council on why it unilaterally postponed the elections a number of hours to the beginning of voting.

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Dickson mentioned, “It’s on the finish of the assembly that INEC ought to decide a brand new date. I disagree with the fee on the unilateral selection of a date.

“I don’t imagine that every one the challenges that INEC had may very well be solved inside six days and that the nation ought to count on hitch-free elections on Saturday.

“That is vital as a result of our nation can’t afford one other postponement on the election day. I imagine that earlier than INEC publicizes one other date, we should always have the expanded assembly of the Nationwide Council of State.”

Dickson mentioned that it was vital for INEC to clarify to Nigerians why among the supplies for the elections weren’t custom-made opposite to the usual follow in earlier polls.

“In Bayelsa, INEC didn’t have the poll papers for the presidential election, ink and among the supplies weren’t even custom-made,” the governor mentioned.

He decried the calls by some Nigerians for the elimination of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, saying, it might “plunge the nation into an avoidable disaster.”

He mentioned the postponement of the polls a number of hours to voting portrayed Nigeria as an unserious nation.

The governor additionally reacted to the presidential directive to safety companies to deal ruthlessly with poll field snatchers.

He expressed the hope that the enforcement of the directive shouldn’t be selective.

“I hope that the president’s directive to deal ruthlessly with bother makers throughout the elections would come with the leaders of his get together in Bayelsa,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, Mr Leberi Sampson, the Administrative Secretary for INEC in Baylesa instructed the Information Company of Nigeria that every one the distributed delicate supplies for the botched polls had been returned to the fee’s headquarters in Yenagoa.

(NAN)

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