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2019: Governor Dickson Speaks On Postponed Polls, Warns Against INEC Chairman Removal

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2019: Governor Dickson Speaks On Postponed Polls, Warns Against INEC Chairman Removal

The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson has warned that there will be a major constitutional crisis if the general elections failed to hold on Saturday as rescheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 and March 9th respectively because of logistics.

But, Governor Dickson, addressing a press conference at the Government House, Yenagoa, on Monday said that Our nation cannot afford another postponement.

According to Dickson, President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately hold an expanded emergency meeting of the National Council of State as there was a need for stakeholders to work collectively to avert the crisis.

He also warned against the removal of the INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood.

The Governor said, “This postponement belittled our country. It doesn’t show us as a serious country. Unless all stakeholders drop the habit of name-calling and claiming to be rights, we are moving close to a major constitutional crisis.

“If anything should go wrong, we will have a full-blown crisis; crisis of succession at a time the Supreme Court is also undergoing crisis. We should not call for the removal of the INEC Chairman. If INEC is in crisis and the Supreme Court is crisis, I don’t know where we are headed.

“I call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the country to convene an emergency meeting of the National Council of states to enable service chiefs and the INEC brief stakeholders on their preparations.

“The meeting should involve the political party chairmen and the presidential candidates to examine the developing scenario, which may plunge our country into crisis. I believe that if we all sit down and know the circumstances, we should agree on a new date.

“I disagree with INEC’s unilateral announcement of Saturday as a new date. I do not believe that all the challenges that INEC has can be resolved within six days. A more sensible approach is needed. Our nation cannot afford another postponement.

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