Ahead of the March general election, youth leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have made it clear that the rescheduled elections must be held or they will occupy the Presidential Aso Villa. This followed after the youth leaders held a strategy meeting today in Abuja.
They made it clear too that they will resist any act of interference in the electoral process, including an alleged move to sack the Chairman of the .independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega.
Speaking at the meeting attended by the zonal and state APC youth leaders, the Zonal Youth leader for North West, Shehu Marshal said that the country has witnessed a lot of political maneuverings by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in recent times aimed at interfering with the electoral process.
“Our position is that the march 28 and April 11 election dates are sacrosanct otherwise we will occupy Aso Rock and other major cities in Nigeria.”
While addressing the youth leaders, the party’s National Youth Leader, Ibrahim Jalo, said the fact that the party as a law abiding entity had accepted the shifting the election date does not mean that it would tolerate further postponement of the polls.
“We want to tell them that we have accepted it has our leaders have accepted but election will be held on the 28 of March and that 28 remain sacrosanct because we will not tolerate any other shift in election dates.
“As law abiding citizens we have accepted it but if it come to a point that the government and INEC does not want to conduct election we will definitely have to take the necessary steps legally possible,” he said.
Reacting to the reports that INEC chairman, Professor Jega may be removed before the election, the youth leader said though his party does not have any business with who is INEC chairman, but that since Jega is doing a good job, he should be allow to continue his good job.
“If they remove him that will take us back and everything has to start afresh from the beginning, even though they have no reason whatsoever to do that.” [myad]