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AD raises fears over 2011 polls

Alhaji Musa Umar, a chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), has expressed fears over fairness and level playing field in the 2011 polls.

Musa, who is the Deputy National Chairman of the party, said in a telephone interview yesterday that he was skeptical about the credibility of the 2011 polls.

“With less than two years to the 2011 election in Nigeria, there is no document to back up the electoral process.

“The electoral reform that will address the problems of past elections has not been done. It is worrisome and doubtful if it will be hitch-free,’’ he said.

Musa criticised the National Assembly for delaying the passage of the reform bills before it.

“The delay in debating the bills on electoral reforms, arising from the Justice Mohammed Uwais’ report by the National Assembly, will not augur well for the country,’’ he said.

Musa urged the nation’s lawmakers to discharge their duties with zeal and patriotism, adding that they should put national interest above their personal interests.

He said the Uwais’ report was comprehensive enough as it reflected the different shades of opinion in the country.

He described as undemocratic any suggestions of automatic return tickets for serving lawmakers at the national assembly by their political parties.

“We must respect internal democracy in the parties to allow the representatives of the people to emerge through the political process,’’ he added.

Musa urged politicians and the ‘appropriate authorities’ to pay attention to a recent complaint by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, that “a lot of things are not in place’’ for the 2011 polls.

“We hope it is not a ploy to create confusion come 2011,’’ he said.

On the prolonged ASUU strike, Musa said: “I feel somebody is not telling the Nigerian public the truth; may be some people are not feeling the effect of the strike.’’

He urged the Federal Government and the striking union to resolve the issues in dispute without further delay.


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