Reactions have continued to trail the comments made by the immediate past governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should conduct the 2015 polls in three North-East states currently under emergency rule only if the security situation improves there.
The governor of one of the affected states, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, in his reaction declared that the former governor had lost his mental balance by the desire to satisfy his new paymasters.
Nyako made the reaction through his Director of Press and Public Affairs Malam Ahmed Sajo at Government House, in Yola, yesterday.
He said: “It is very clear that former governor Shekarau has lost his mental balance since he left the APC and joined the PDP”, Nyako said.
“Ibrahim Shekarau is a disgrace to the north. As a matter of fact, he has lost his integrity as a northerner”, Nyako added.
Shekarau in an interview was quoted to have said that it was more important to secure the three states and indeed the North-East than conducting elections there in 2015.
His statement was viewed in many quarters as a sell-out considering the fact that the three states are being controlled by the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, to which Shekarau belonged until he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Adamawa governor pointed out that if INEC listens to Shekarau’s demand and refuses to conduct elections in the so-called volatile states, it will disenfranchised millions of Nigerians.
“If he is insisting that elections would not hold in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe because they are volatile states, then he should note that it means elections would not hold in his state, Kano, because it is also one of the volatile states.
“In fact, if Shekarau’s statement is to be taken seriously, it means there won’t be elections in Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Benue, Sokoto, Taraba and Nasarawa states, because all of them are volatile as it is now”.
According to Nyako, what Shekarau is suggesting is that there would be no elections in the whole of the North, saying only a mad man would prescribe the disenfranchisement of his people just to please his pay masters.
“It is in the interest of the country in general for government to honestly confront the problems of insurgency and tackle it once and for all, rather than politicising it. We should remember Nigeria is a country made up of components and if one part of the country is sick, the rest cannot pretend to be well”, Nyako said.