The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to put in place all the necessary machinery for the smooth running of the 2023 elections.

In a statement from its national publicity secretary, Jare Ajayi, on Tuesday, the organization said everything possible must be done to ensure that the general elections scheduled for February and March respectively are not only successfully held, but that the Winners must emerge and be sworn in on May 29, 2023, as stipulated by relevant laws.

the punch reports that Afenifere’s reaction came in the wake of a threat issued by INEC President Mahmood Yakubu that the seemingly unrelenting insecurity could negatively affect this year’s long-awaited general elections.

Afenifere said: “But we feel there is a need to inform anyone thinking of postponing or canceling the election that such a thing is and will continue to be unacceptable, regardless of the reason. We remember that in 2015 there was also insecurity, to the point that some areas of local government, specifically in the state of Borno, were in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists. However, elections were held. There was also insecurity in 2019 and the elections did not stop.

“Afenifere felt the need to sound this warning note so that whoever is thinking of postponing or altering the electoral calendar knows that such a thing would not be accepted.

“In Nigeria, there is often the tendency to fly a kite. More often than not, such kites refer to policies or steps that were not generally of interest to the Nigerian public. That is why it is very important to clearly sound this warning note without any ambiguity. That is why we are clearly stating that Nigerians are ready for the elections just like the whole world is waiting for the elections. Nothing at all should upset the schedule or cause a postponement let alone a cancellation,” Ajayi said.

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