By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Following the postponement Saturday of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum and Coordinator, APC North West, Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has appealed to Nigerians to keep calm and remain peaceful.
This admonishment by the Senator representing Sokoto North Senatorial District, is contained in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani and issued to newsmen in Sokoto.
The electoral umpire hitherto, rescheduled the elections which were earlier fixed as follows: Presidential/ National Assembly Saturday 16th February and Governorship/ States Assembly for March 2.
However, both elections have been fixed for 23rd February and March 9th, 2019 respectively.
According to the lawmaker and former governor of Sokoto state, the postponement of the epoch-making polls came to Nigerians unexpectedly, yet, no patriotic citizen of the nation should use the surprising development to cause any breach of the peace .
He said , ” 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 ttanarent 2019 general elections. “
Wamakko further reiterated that, the morale of the leadership and membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC ), nationwide , jncluding President Muhammadu Buhari, is formidable high.
He averred ,” 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