Olusi, Banire Hail Shift In Election Dates


The vice chairman, Action Congress of Nigeria, South West, Prince Tajudeen Olusi has  described the shift of the 2011 from January to April as a welcome development.

Also expressing this view is the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz  Banire who said the shift would avoid unnecessary litigation and rancour, as the initial  timing was too tight for any political party to prepare.

Speaking with Political Train on the development, Prince Olusi said what was worth doing  at all, was worth doing well, stressing that the 2011 election must be a credible one in  all aspects and to be acknowledged by the entire world.

According to Prince Olusi “the shortcomings before the postponement were obvious,  materials had not been purchased, voters’ registration had not been conducted and many  things have not been put into place, so how could the January date be realistic?

“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had  called the attention of Professor Attahiru Jega to these  shortcomings, but they wanted to go ahead by releasing the former time table to the  public. But thank God they have come to terms with the reality now,” Prince Olusi stated.

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Dr. Muiz Banire on his part said if INEC had gone ahead with its January date, the  election would have been engulfed in controversy, describing the postponement as a very  reasonable one.

The lawyer turned politician said since the 2007 elections were widely condemned, the  next general elections in 2011 should be used to redeem the battered national image.

Dr. Banire advised that a comprehensive voters’ registration exercise should be carried  out  before any attempt should be made to conduct any election, calling on Professor Jega  to write his name in gold by conducting a credible election in 2011.

He appealed to religious leaders in the country to further pray for the development of  the country, imploring them to spiritually intervene for the country’s nascent democracy  to thrive.

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