- A civil society organization in Nigeria has made a clarion call regarding the forthcoming Ondo election
- The group has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the election
- The election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 26
A civil society organization, the Movement for the Advancement of National Consolation has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.
According to the group, the postponement would allow the court decide on who would be the Ondo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate.
The organization urged the electoral body to move the election by two weeks for this purpose.
Speaking to journalists after a Supreme Court ruling on applications by Eyitayo Jegede of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP, the convener of the group, Jude Ndukwe said if the election goes on this Saturday, November 26, it would be the major disaster to the people of Ondo.
Ndukwe said: “Jegede is a man popular in the state and because of this many others political parties have insisted that INEC postpone.”
“If INEC is an institution that obeys law I don't see any reason why INEC shouldn't postpone this election pending when the processes in court has been duly exhausted.
“So our prayer and our request to INEC is that for us to avoid anarchy, uncertainties, the fears and the skirmishes already taken place in a peaceful state like Ondo state we want to urge them to to responsible enough and go beyond partisanship to stand their ground and ensure that this election is postponed.
“They have done it before they did it in rivers state and Edo state so why can't they do it now. It's going to be a major disaster and disenfranchisement to the people of Ondo state of this election is held on the 26th of November with this cases still in court.”
Jegede is of the Ahmed Makarfi faction while Jimoh Ibrahim is of the camp of Ali Modu Sheriff.