The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has described those calling for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakub, over the just concluded Presidential election, as agents of destabilisation and confusion.
AYCF said this in a statement signed and made available to NigeriaCheck Newspaper by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima.
Shettima insisted that the 2023 presidential election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is comparatively the freest and fairest since 1999.
He noted that considering the circumstances under which the election was conducted, INEC did its very best.
He stressed that “there are forces opposed to the commendable efforts of INEC and we are aware there is a deliberate ploy to distract the electoral umpire”.
AYCF President however warned that the group is prepared to resist any force/s, seeking to undermine the current democratic process, as had been upheld by INEC.
He added that those conspiring against INEC do not mean well for Nigeria.
His words; “INEC has given the 2023 elections its best shot by training and retraining of election officials, using the BVAS successfully in 90% cases. As with elections anywhere in the world, INEC couldn’t have done a perfect job because in reality they cannot be completely infallible.
“We say no to the forces of destabilisation of Nigeria who have been calling for the resignation of INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakub, without any cogent reason.
“For those who are crying wolf over claims of election rigging, they need to have a rethink because APC’s Bola Tinubu lost in his immediate constituency of Lagos and Labour Party won many areas. PDP’s Atiku Abubakar lost his immediate constituency of Adamawa. It is very clear that this is comparatively the most free and fairest election since 1999. It is pointless crying foul where there is none.
“We call on men and women of good conscience to support the efforts of INEC to bequeath a good electoral legacy on the country. Imagine holding elections under a cashless policy, when there rural areas are without banks and ATM machines or have non-existent internet infrastructure.
“It is obvious that the INEC officials made enormous sacrifice under the current economic and national security challenges to hold successful presidential and National Assembly elections.”
Shettima further noted that as a group, which members sacrificed their mental and physical abilities to ensure today’s democracy, it would work to preserve peace in Nigeria and ensure INEC is allowed to deliver on its mandate without any hindrance.
According to him, “We reject any deliberate ploy to cause crisis in the name of unsubstantiated allegations of rigging.
“We urge the civil society to be careful about acting the script of candidates who have lost the just-concluded elections and are trying to engineer thuggery, killings and arson. We all have a duty as Nigerians to be patriotic enough to speak the truth and stand by peace, unity and national stability.”
INEC had declared Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC), as winner of the 2023 Presidential election, while Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, came second and third in the poll.