*ELECTIONS BOTCH: NYCN REACTS, CALLS FOR CALM*
By: *Eche Amos*
Following the unexpected announcement of the reschedule of the 2019 Presidential/National Assembly and Governorship/Houses of Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from 16th of February to February 23, 2019, and from Saturday, 2, March 2019 to March 9, 2019 respectively, the leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter, has called for calm amongst the youths in the State.
The State’s Chairman of the Council, Comrade Idris Ojoko made the call in a telephone conversation with the Press today, Monday, 18th February, 2019.
According to Ojoko, “The NYCN in Nasarawa State, like any other valid and responsible organization in Nigeria, is pained by the postponement of the elections by INEC, knowing what everyone had sacrificed to honour the day,” he began.
“But having heard the reasons deduced by the electoral umpire, chaired by Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, which necessitated the hard decision, may I, on behalf of the Council, urge youths of the State to be patient and desist from putting laws into their hands or anything that could trigger tension”, he requested.
The outspoken youth leader added that “Acknowledged, the tension and fury over the postponement are understandable and expected, but now, we know the action by INEC was for the interest of us all as a people and nation as a whole.
“We should not in any way be deterred or reluctant in coming out again on the new elections dates to exercise our civic responsibility and elect the leaders of our choice”, Ojoko pleaded.
He called on political stakeholders both in Nasarawa State and the country at large to show maturity and exercise patience, urging them to refrain from making inciteful and derogatory utterances to prevent overheating the polity.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, few hours before the commencement of the Saturday, February 16 elections, had declared that the polls would not hold, blaming the decision on inadequate logistics and operational reasons.