By Dare Lawal
Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the date for the forthcoming general elections.
He reportedly stated this in London when he spoke at London think-tank, Chatham House.
Dasuki told the audience that he has advised INEC to consider delaying the 2015 elections planned for next month because up until now, several Nigerians have not received their voters’ cards.
He said: “What sense does it make to vote three months early when there are 30 million cards still with INEC? That’s my position.”
The INEC schedule for conducting the general elections has been a subject of controversy over the months with the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) accusing the Goodluck Jonathan administration of plotting to shift the elections to satisfy its whims. These allegations have, however, been denied on several occasions by the President’s handlers who accuse the APC of crying wolf where there is none.