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2019 Elections May No Longer Hold, Due To Some Circumstances Beyond Buharis Control
Emerging report, have revealed that the same scenario that led to the heating up of Nigeria’s political space, in the build-up to the 2011 and 2015 general elections, are beginning to manifest, as the country advances towards the next polls, in 2019.
Among the factors responsible for this, is the alleged position of some Northern political elements, that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, a Yoruba man from the South-West, would be rejected from assuming the office of the President, should his boss quit office on account of his ill health.
Expressing his fear ahead of the 2019 elections, a former Governor of Old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, said: “Beyond what we witnessed in 2011 and 2015, the present negative state of the country, is a serious issue that must be addressed before the election. It is good that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the timetable about two years to the election. But that will not take away the fact that there could be violence, if the state of the economy is not properly addressed.”
Musa, who said a hungry man is an angry man, and an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, added: “If we take stock of the rate of hunger due to the high cost of living ravaging Nigeria at present, the galloping rate of unemployment, plus the fact that salaries are not paid on time, and pensioners are not getting their pay, pose serious threat to elections.”
He suggested, that Politicians should do something about the situation, “otherwise the unexpected may happen, if we continue like this till 2019.”
Musa contended that the poverty level in Nigeria currently, would create the opportunity for the few rich in the system to dictate how the elections will go saying: “My argument is that if we continue like this, Nigeria will not get free and fair elections in 2019.”
He said there are indices and signs that the economy is not doing well, a situation, which he claimed promotes violence and rigging, before and during the elections.
The National Chairman of Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, added that political actors should desist from making unguarded statements concerning the country stating that: “They must do nothing to plunge Nigeria into fresh political crisis.”
According to him: “Virtually all the political parties suffer one crisis or another; therefore, no Politician or political party, can claim a holier-than-thou attitude. We urge all Politicians to desist from actions and pronouncements that will make Nigerians suffer from the management of their crisis.”
He said that political leaders, especially Nigeria’s past leaders, should play the role of statesmen and fathers of the nation, and refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of other parties undergoing democratic re-engineering.
The UPN Chairman, said it is imperative of the security agencies to ensure the safety of Osinbajo, cautioning that on no account should any adverse thing happen to him; particularly against the backdrop of insinuations that some cabals within the Presidency, are already putting pressure on him to resign.
SOURCE POST NIGERIA