TMG chairman Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi said yesterday in Abuja that it is important for stakeholders and Nigerians to maintain peace, remain calm and avoid using the issue to overheat the polity.
He said though INEC has been making clarifications on the issue, Nigerians seem to seek more clarifications from the commission on ‘this important exercise,’ which seeks to decongest existing polling units by creating new ones.
“It is our view that it is a bit too hasty to begin to take pot-shots at the commission. What is needed now is not ethnic or sectional rage, but a constructive dialogue that would address the fundamental issue on the ground. TMG is therefore of the view that Nigerians must necessarily digest the facts and considerations that INEC has put forward regarding what informed the creation of the new polling units,” said Zikirullahi.
“While it is understandable that the lack of clarity with regards to some of the figures and explanations provided by the INEC have resulted in furious reactions from groups across the country, TMG is convinced that everyone involved needs a little more time to fully apprehend what the Commission has done with regards to creating more polling units,” he added.
“We believe the cries of marginalisation and the accusations that INEC has a hidden agenda favouring a section of the country are grave allegations that should not be taken lightly. TMG believes that all sides need to listen to one another and reason together,” the TMG chairman said.
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