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Polls shift: ECOWAS appeals for calm, urges support for INEC

ABUJA—Worried by possible tension that may arise after the postponement of the February polls, heads of ECOWAS Observer Mission to Nigeria’s 2015 elections, Dr Bakili Muluzi, has appealed to politicians and their supporters in the country to be civil in their conduct and give all necessary support to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to deliver a hitch-free elections.

Muluzi, who was the former Malawian President, made the appeal on Monday when he met Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, in Abuja.

He said though, the change had become inevitable, Nigerians must accept the change in dates in the interest of peace and the future of their country.

“As much as we all want this election to hold, we must not compromise the peace and security of our children. Africa and Nigeria is still important to all of us, we still need peace to create opportunities for our people to succeed in their chosen vocations.

“ These we can only achieve, if we all remain calm and cooperate with the authorities to do what they have to do, so peace remains very important in all of these aspirations,” he said.

The ECOWAS representative commended the APC standard bearer for accepting INEC’s decision on the shift in the dates for the general elections and for also urging his supporters to remain calm.

He said Buhari’s call for calm among his supporters was noble and should be emulated by all leaders that meant well for the citizenry.


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