President Muhammadu Buhari has said that any politician that decides to sponsor political thugs to cause trouble or to snatch ballot boxes in the rescheduled elections will be doing so at great risk.
The President read the riot act at the All Progressives Congress (APC) emergency National Caucus meeting on Monday in Abuja at the party’s national secretariat.
He stressed that security operatives had been ordered to deal ruthlessly with such persons.
In the words of the president: “Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or be a thug, will be dealt with ruthlessly.”
The APC national caucus meeting comes on the heels of the postponement of the elections announced by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, early on Saturday.
By the postponement, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now be held Feb. 23, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections will come up on March 9.
Yakubu said the decision to postpone the elections was taken after a meeting with INEC Commissioners, citing “logistics’’ problems as issues that prompted the decision.
He said the decision was further necessitated after reviewing the level of the commission’s preparedness for the exercise.
He stressed that postponing the elections was a difficult decision, but was necessary for successful delivery of the elections and to consolidate on Nigeria’s democracy.
President Buhari said he got the news of the postponement of the election at 4.30 a.m on the election day. He described the action as most unfortunate as the INEC had all the time and resources required to conduct the election.
“After the elections, we have to know exactly what happened, we cannot accept incompetence.
“The Constitution and the laws protect INEC, but they cannot take us for granted. We have to go into details after the elections to find out what happened ” he said.
- ANR with Agency report