The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it would not postpone the elections.
INEC’s position is in apparent reference to last Sunday’s call by Pastor Tunde Bakare, founder of Later Rain Assembly that the 2015 general elections be put on hold for six months due to current security situation in the country.
This was even as the Inspector General of Police, Sulieman Abba, warned politicians in the country against heating up the polity through their negative utterances, saying the police under his leadership would not hesitate to deal with political actors who flout the electoral rules as stipulated in the Electoral Act. He said nobody was above the law.
INEC which gave the assurance of going ahead with the elections, also said funding was not a problem in conducting the polls.
Dr Ishmaeal Igbani, Chairman, INEC Electoral Training Institute, who spoke on behalf of the commission, said INEC was fully ready to conduct the 2015 elections, just as he said the commission was comfortable with the fund it has at its disposal at the moment.
”Anytime there is election in Nigeria, there is always some form of tension. I have been around for a while, I don’t think it is something new. I don’t think people should be afraid. But it is also essential that we get ready just in case.
“It is also very important that we have peaceful elections, it is also important that voters come out to vote without fear. It is also important that the personnel who will work for us and the environment itself is peaceful and for it to be peaceful, it is important for the security agencies to be alert and ensure that they do what they are supposed to do,” he said.