The Executive Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has described the assertion by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Atahiru Jega that the 2015 general elections might not hole in some Northern States under Emergency Rule as a pessimistic view.
The Governor also insisted that the Boko Haram insurgency would be completely curtailed before the 2015 general elections.
Governor Gaidam stated this in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdullahi Bego, on Tuesday December 17, 2013.
“First, the State of Emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states, renewed for additional six months last November, is due to expire in April, 2014. By INEC’s own estimation, the 2015 general elections will hold in January-February 2015. That’s at least eight months after the current State of Emergency would have lapsed. Is the INEC National Chairman therefore predicting that the Emergency situation will extend indefinitely?
“Significantly, we are concerned about how widely held this pessimistic view is at the federal level.
“Third, does the INEC Chairman not think that criminals and insurgents, who are bent on disrupting life as we know it, would entertain a feeling of triumphalism for all the despicable and barbarous acts they have been committing against innocent people and the Nigerian nation?” he questioned.
Governor Gaidam noted that if the security apparatus in the states are strengthened, that there would be no reason why elections should not be conducted in the states.
“The Yobe State Government also believes that there is no reason why Boko Haram terrorists would not be routed, their activities stopped and peace and stability restored within the remaining months of the current Emergency Rule.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Yobe Local Government election will go ahead as scheduled. The people at the grassroots level have yearned for this for long and the state government is determined to give the people the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and to elect their leaders. The State Independent Electoral Commission has made and completed all the necessary arrangements for the election. With the support of the people and the help of the Almighty God, the election will be a success,” he said.
The statement also added that Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States are ready to participate in the election of 2015.
“The Yobe State Government therefore joins its partners in Borno and Adamawa States to take the strongest possible exception to the statements credited to the INEC Chairman and to ask INEC to prepare fully for elections in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States along with the rest of the country come January-February 2015,” he said.