February 9, 2015 – The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has called on Nigerians to remain calm and take recent postponement of 2015 general elections by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in good fate adding that it is done in the interest of the nation.
The general election was postponed from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11 by INEC on Saturday.
“We sue for peace and appeal to all to take it in good faith and in the interest of our country as March 28 and April 11 set for the elections are around the corner. There is no doubt that Nigerians and the world at large feel greatly taken aback by the development with INEC various assurances of the state of their preparedness”, the TUC said in a statement signed by President and Secretary, Comrades Bobboi Kaigama and Musa Lawal respectively.
TUC said the postponement may be construed as a great set back and capable of truncating the frail peace the country has at the moment adding that it will be very difficult to convince the opposition parties and many Nigerians on the sincerity of the act.
The Congress appeals to all Nigerians to remain calm and desist from violence and any activity that would compound this development.
“We believe that God-willing the dates chosen will come soon and the elections will be held. It must be noted that it is better to be late than to be the late.
“ If the postponement will ensure peaceful, free and fair elections devoid of crisis, we are for it. We know that the INEC pandered to the advisory from the security agencies .
“No doubt security matters must be given utmost consideration. We therefore charge the security agencies to put their acts together to return the country to path of peace devoid of security challenges that may serve as another set of excuses for further postponement. The national institutions must not be trivialized on the alter of politics”, the TUC said.
The TUC called on INEC to do all it can to ensure that elections are held on the new dates.
“We wish to reiterate that the swearing-in date (May 29) is sacrosanct to avoid plunging the country into constitutional crisis”, TUC added.