Sheka­rau: Elec­tions can’t hold in volatile states

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

A for­mer gover­nor of Kano State Mal­lam Ibrahim Sheka­rau has said it won’t be safe to con­duct elec­tions in volatile states.

Sheka­rau said this in Abuja yes­ter­day dur­ing an in­ter­view with State House cor­re­spon­dents.

He was at the State House to meet Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan on the lat­ter’s planned visit to Kano next Tues­day for a rally of the People’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

This was barely a day af­ter the gov­er­nors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States asked the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to em­u­late Afghanistan and con­duct elec­tions in their cri­sis-rid­den states in 2015.

But Sheka­rau said it is not safe to con­duct elec­tions where there are threats to lives, say­ing that no­body should spit fire over it.

Ac­cord­ing to the for­mer gover­nor, the se­cu­rity of people’s lives should be con­sid­ered far more im­por­tant than any elec­tion.

“I al­ways in­sist that let there be elec­tions to al­low people to de­cide their fate; but this does not nec­es­sar­ily mean we con­duct elec­tions un­der volatile sit­u­a­tions,” he said.

“I still be­lieve that it is go­ing to largely be prac­ti­cal se­cu­rity re­ports on ground. If there are threats to lives, who are you go­ing to gov­ern, even if you win the elec­tion? So, it is not safe and I don’t see any­body spit­ting fire on it.

“The truth is that, let the state gov­er­nors, the federal govern­ment and all con­cerned join hands to­gether and as­sess the sit­u­a­tion. What will the federal govern­ment gain or the INEC gain if they don’t con­duct elec­tions in any state?,” Sheka­rau asked.

On Jonathan’s sched­uled visit to Kano, he said it was to cel­e­brate, in the best pos­si­ble way, his de­fec­tion to the PDP from the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and to as­sure all that Kano “is now fully a PDP en­vi­ron­ment”.

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