APC Governors have called for the postponement of general elections, Headlinenews.news reports.
The ruling All Progressives (APC) is pushing for the postponement of the 2023 general elections by a minimum of four weeks.
The move is being led by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, according to reliable sources in the party, who spoke to Headlinenews.news correspondent.
Recall that Ejes Gist News had earlier reported that the governments of Kaduna, Kogi, and Zamfara had dragged the Federal government before the Supreme Court to obtain a restraining order to prevent the full implementation of the CBN’s naira redesign policy.
The three Northern states Governors seeked the supreme court to grant them an interim injunction to prevent the Federal Government from carrying out its plan to end the timeframe within which the now-outdated 200, 500, and 1000 Naira denominations may no longer be legal tender on February 10 in a motion ex-parte filed on their behalf by their attorney, Abdul Hakeem Uthman Mustapha (SAN).
In a twist of fate, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, restrained the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, from extending the deadline for using the old naira notes.
The court also told the CBN to put the new naira to full use. On Monday, the judge in charge, Eleojo Enenche, gave the order in a case with the number FCT/HC/CV/2234/2023.
Action Alliance (AA), Action Peoples Party (APP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), and National Rescue Movement (NRM) are the plaintiffs.
Following their failure to get the court to stop the CBN from implementing the new policies, they decided to ask the president to mount pressure on INEC to postpone the election and blamed it on logistics challenges.
The source said, “The APC Governors claimed that if the election holds on February 25, as scheduled by INEC, many Nigerians will not vote APC due to the pains caused by the new naira note policies.”
However, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to yield to their request. Meanwhile, the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council has rejected the idea, claiming that anyone who wants to alter the poll date is an enemy of Nigeria.
Atiku’s campaign council also called on Nigerians and civil society organisations to mount pressure on Buhari and INEC to resist the move by the APC Governors, spearheaded by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.