I’m not against con­duct of elec­tions in North-East – Sheka­rau

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ismail Mu­dashir, Kano

For­mer gover­nor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Sheka­rau, yes­ter­day de­nied the re­port that he is against the con­duct of elec­tions in the North­East­ern part of the coun­try as a re­sult of the in­se­cu­rity chal­lenges be­dev­illing the area.

Sheka­rau had told jour­nal­ists last week shortly af­ter vis­it­ing Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan that it would not be safe to con­duct elec­tions in volatile states in 2015.

His state­ment gen­er­ated bash­ing from elders of Borno State with one of them, Al­haji Ahmed Ashemi, say­ing Sheka­rau was car­ried away by des­per­a­tion to please people at the high­est level.

How­ever,Sheka­rau in a state­ment by his me­dia aide, Sule Yau Sule, said he made the state­ment on the con­duct of elec­tions in the area based on his as­sess­ment of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the area.

“Our at­ten­tion has been drawn to the news item on the con­duct of elec­tion in the three states of the North-East where a state of emer­gency was de­clared. To make the record straight, his Ex­cel­lency Malam Ibrahim Sheka­rau is not against con­duct of elec­tion in those states but at­trib­uted such ac­tion to the as­sess­ment of the se­cu­rity in those ar­eas,” he said.

He em­pha­sized that se­cu­rity of lives should al­ways re­main up­per most, as se­cu­rity agencies are do­ing their best to en­sure the se­cu­rity of the af­fected states be­fore the pe­riod of elec­tions.

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