Abdulsalami drums support for INEC
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has drawn the ire of a group comprising some of it aggrieved members from Taraba State who predicted disintegration for the party after the 2019 general election, if the president is not re-elected.
The group made it projection yesterday APC National Peace and Reconciliation Committee meeting in Yola, complaining that gross irregularities in Taraba primaries would have activated their mass defection but for their loyalty to Buhari.
Speaking for the group, a House of Representatives aspirant, Hajia Zainab A. Ibrahim, told the committee that only reforms will stabilise the party – or it will head for the rocks.
“There was no National Assembly primary in Taraba State, but after two days of the scheduled primary, results were announced.
There must be reforms away from such unimaginable occurrences. If such things continue to happen, there will be no APC after Buhari,” she said.
Meanwhile, former Head of State and Chairman of National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.) has called for the support of stakeholders for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Abubakar made the call shortly after his committee met with management of INEC led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday in Abuja, describing political parties, journalists, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and security agencies as critical stakeholders needed by INEC to succeed in 2019 general elections.
“INEC briefed us on the preparations for elections, the challenges and what it is going to do in order to make sure that there is a peaceful, free and fair election. We are taking note. There are certain flash points where he (INEC Chairman) wants the peace committee to intervene in order to bring peace so that elections will be conducted. On our part, we will do the best we can in order to have a sanitised political arena,” he said.