Jonathan is not interested in free and fair elections – Tinubu blows hot

by Kolapo Olapoju

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reacted to the postponement of the geenral elections, describing it as ‘the wrong thing done for the wrong reason by the wrong man’.

According to Tinubu, the postponement was a smokescreen which became necessary due to the desperation of President Jonathan, which emanates from the fear of losing the presidential elections.

Speaking through his media aide, Sunday Dare, the erstwhile governor of Lagos state, claimed that the announcement by the INEC chairman is nothing but “a cynical plot to thwart the elections” and “undermine the electoral process”.

Tinubu said: “What happened Saturday was actually not a postponement due to security or logistical reasons. What happened was the by-product of overt political interference undermining the independence of the election management body, INEC. The elections were postponed not because they could safely be held. They were postponed because one man, President Jonathan, feared that an election held on February 14 would for him become an election lost.”

“While the mouth was Jega, the words were Jonathan. He chose to place our democracy at risk than do what democracy demands by facing and risking the verdict of the people. That he would use our security agencies to provide his excuse only adds insult to injury. This act was one desperation of a man in fear of defeat. It was not done for the national good. It was the wrong thing done for the wrong reason by the wrong man.”

“The rationale stated by the heavily intimidated INEC chairman does not withstand close scrutiny nor the rigors of logical thought. It is nothing but a lie draped in a falsehood born by deceit. Jega said he hinged his decision on a purported letter stating that due to an impending offensive the security agencies will not have the personnel to spare to adequately guard the polling areas in the northeastern states.

“For the Service Chiefs to be inserted in the electoral process in this manner and at the eleventh hour reveals nothing but a cynical plot to thwart elections. President Jonathan has revealed that he only wants elections where the guaranty is that he shall win. This is not the nature of democratic elections. Jonathan’s government has purposefully undermined the electoral process because he is not interested in a free and fair honest election where the outcome reflects the sovereign will of the people. He wants an elaborate coronation dressed in the garb of an election. The Nigerian people are too smart for this rude trick.”

“This postponement is a smokescreen because what the letter says is that they are advising a postponement of six weeks in the first instance subject to the amelioration of the security situation in the North East. This is coming from a Chief of Defence staff that vowed to crush the insurgents within four months early last year. A year later, nothing has changed. He is now asking Nigerians to believe this government can do in six weeks what it could not do in six years.”

“I ask Nigerians to question why these Service Chiefs decided to launch a major operation a week before the elections? What is new about the security situation in the last two weeks that has not been there these past several years? The date and importance of the election was well publicized. Why did they wait till now? They waited because they were given marching orders by the president to delay the elections.”

“They have gone on an offensive already. However, the true offensive is not against Boko Haram. It is against the Nigerian people and our democracy. If elections could hold in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, why not in Nigeria where only 14 out of 774 council areas are under siege?”

Furthermore, Tinubu stated that the postponement would not affect the voting pattern of Nigerians, who he says are fully ready for a new dispensation, owing to the failure of the present government.

Tinubu also called for calm among supporters of the APC and Nigerians at large, urging them to keep the peace as the actions of the presidency threatens to insult the nation’s democracy and common sense.

“This postponement may be the prelude to even rasher more authoritarian action by this desperate, inept government. This postponement has deeply wounded Nigerian democracy. While my party hoped to go into the election and win it that we may offer a new and honest deal to the people. This government continues to feed the people a raw deal.”

“The ambition of one man should not be allowed to affect the destiny of 170 million Nigerians. Nigerians have signalled their desire for change and there is nothing this government can do to erase it. Thus, we do not despair. I ask our supporters and Nigerians to remain calm and do everything to keep the peace. I ask you to renew your determination in the face of this insult to our democracy and common sense.”

“It is inevitable that change shall come and we shall bring it fairly, democratically and peacefully. They will attempt more tricks before the six weeks is over. Each time, they will be defeated by the power of our commitment to a new day in a new democratic Nigeria.”

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  1. Petty, the Destiny of Nigeria is not for us to try another party.

    GEJ should be allowed to finish

    On the international platform CNN has confirmed Nigeria as the 3rd fastest growing economy in the world.

    Amnesty International few days ago said GEJ administration is the least corrupt. And the Administration with the best corruption record in the History of Nigeria.

    Tell me what do you want us to change to?

  2. GEJ has fail, we want change, tinubu or whatever,the reputations of our country is getting worst, let have another party in aso rock……let try them for another four years, if they can’t do it.we still try someonelse

  3. Tinubu cry is funny. I wonder the kind of politicians we have now a days. If INEC had gone ahead with the election and GEJ wins they will say is because 33% of Nigerians was disenfranchised who are mainly southerners.In fact he would have gone to court. Is he not aware that the success recorded in the NE on d distribution of PVC is because d Gov officials collected d cards in bulk against INEC laid down rules. Is he not aware that Nig Custom nabbed 450PVC from Niger citizens. Is he not aware that one of the PDP women leaders has confirmed that many are yet to collect their PVC in her ward. Was it not yesterday that the Governor of lagos just collected his PVC…is it supposed to be so? Sir Tinubu, we are tired of ur kind of politics U have taken almost the entire LEKKI as your own property now you want to take Nigeria. God forbid! What kind of change can you offer? With ur wife in the Senate and your daughter as Iya Loja lagos..what else do you want? Listen God is about to stop you. God Bless Nigeria. God Bless GEJ. #GEJ4NAIJA

  4. .Tinubu cry is funny. I wonder the kind of politicians we have now a days. If INEC had gone ahead with the election and GEJ wins they will say is because 33% of Nigerians was disenfranchised who are mainly southerners.In fact he would have gone to court.
    Is he not aware that the success recorded in the NE on d distribution of PVC is because d Gov officials collected d cards in bulk against INEC laid down rules. Is he not aware that Nig Custom nabbed 450PVC from Niger citizens. Is he not aware that one of the PDP women leaders has confirmed that many are yet to collect their PVC in her ward. Was it not yesterday that the Governor of lagos just collected his PVC…is it supposed to be so?

    Sir Tinubu, we are tired of ur kind of politics U have taken almost the entire LEKKI as your own property now you want to take Nigeria. God forbid!

    What kind of change can you offer? With ur wife in the Senate and your daughter as Iya Loja lagos..what else do you want?

    Listen God is about to stop you

    God Bless Nigeria
    God Bless GEJ

    1. guy u be fool o cos every normal human being in dis country knows d foul politics our biggest fool for aso rock is playing. I don’t know u but from what u wrote here I’m sure your thoughts are shallow. wise up and change Nigeria

      1. Fool, proof how shallow my thoughts are? All that has been written here do you have any counter claim?. The facts are verifiable.

        Is Tinubu not the owner of half of LEKKI?
        Is the wife of Tinubu not in the Senate?
        Is the Daughter of Tinubu not the Iya Loja of lagos?
        Is the son in law not contesting for the Fed House of rep?

        Stay there and allow one man pocket your unborn generation

        I blame GEJ for allowing opposition this much. This is one thing that Buhari will not tolerate. Even OBJ didn’t allow opposition during his time. We know how many Governors OBJ removed for opposing him them

        U better wise up

        God Bless Nigeria
        God Bless GEJ

  5. Tinubu cry is funny. I wonder the kind of politicians we have now a days. If INEC had gone ahead with the election and GEJ wins they will say is because 33% of Nigerians was disenfranchised who are mainly southerners. Is he not aware that the success recorded in the NE on d distribution of PVC is because d Gov officials collected d cards in bulk against INEC laid down rules. Is he not aware that Nig Custom nabbed 450PVC from Niger citizens. Is he not aware that one of the PDP women leaders has confirmed that many are yet to collect their PVC in her ward. Was it not yesterday that the Governor of lagos just collected his PVC…is it up posed to be so.

    Sir Tinubu, we are tired of ur kind of politics U have taken almost the entire LEKKI as your own property now you want to take Nigeria. God forbid!

    What kind of change van you offer. With ur wife in the Senate and your daughter as Iya Loja lagos..what else do you want.

    Listen God is about to stop you

    God Bless Nigeria
    God Bless GEJ

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