Elections Must Hold As Scheduled, Newspaper Owners Tell FG
The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria( NPAN) at the end of an extra-ordinary meeting held in Abuja today told the federal government that the rescheduled general elections must as scheduled by INEC. The body of newspaper owners in their communique released after their meeting said “after exhaustive deliberations, and review of the political situation in Nigeria, the NPAN unanimously agreed as follows:
“The general election must hold on March 28th and April 11th as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC). The election must produce an outcome and Nigerians must rally around whoever emerges the winner.
“This election is for and by the Nigerian people and it must be free, fair and held in such a way that it will deepen the nation’s democracy such that at the end of the electoral process, Nigeria must be the winner.”
The newspaper owners further said “We call on the people of Nigeria, especially political leaders across the nation, to eschew every form of violence. The prevalent do-or-die attitude is unnecessary, unhelpful and unhealthy for our system of democracy. We must all say no to violence before, during and after the election.”