APC Won’t Tolerate More Elections Shift

Any further delays to Nigeria’s election would be unacceptable and the opposition will take the government to court if the election commission chief is forced out, presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday.
The vote pits incumbent Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against former military leader Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the most hotly contested election since the end of military rule in 1999.
The election was set for 14 February, but postponed to 28 March after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it had been told by the military it could not guarantee security due to an offensive against Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Nigeria’s government has said there will be no more delays.
“It is in our collective interest that the postponed elections will be held on the scheduled date, that they should be free and fair, and that their outcome should be respected by all parties,” Buhari said in a speech in London.
“Any form of extensions under whatever guise is unconstitutional and will not be tolerated,” he said.
The PDP called his talk a “stage-managed show of shame” and said it showed he thought it “more important to win the hearts and minds of the British than (those) of the Nigerian people”.


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