‘Election sequence re-ordering by NASS selfish’ – Ango Abdullahi
Professor Ango Abdullahi, leader of the Northern Governors Forum has criticized members of the National Assembly over attempts to re-order the sequence of the 2019 general elections.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, Prof. Abdullahi said the lawmakers were selfish in their attempt to change the sequence of the time-table already designed by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
“They are the lawmakers and they can do it but that means that what they are doing is in their selfish interests. If they want to reorder elections, the proper thing to do is to have presidential elections, National Assembly elections, state Assembly elections and gubernatorial elections. In other words, it has to be four and not three. You can put National Assembly and state Assembly election and the presidential and gubernatorial elections together. It has to be two and not three. If you want it to be three, then there is selfishness there.
The elder statesman said at no time did Nigeria conduct other elections before the presidential election during civil rule.
“There was no occasion where we had other elections before the presidential poll during civilian rule. So, what they are trying to do is to reintroduce what the military did when they were handing over to the civilian. So, if you analyse it carefully, you would see that what the NASS is doing is more of self-interests,” he said.
“But one thing that they do not really know is that they even stand more danger because a sitting president is in a position to do damage to those who want to contest elections and the governors also are in a position to do damage to all those who want to go to the National Assembly or state Assembly. The reordering of the elections would give them the opportunity to do more damage to them if they so wish. So, there is not much they think they would do.”