A group, Professionals for Atiku has decried the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and it’s cost implications on the country.
The group which stated this in Lagos, lamented, that the cost of such actions are huge and not recoverable.
The National President of the group, Dr. Joseph Erico Ameh, in the statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, said INEC though justified by its action, if it was aimed at conducting free, fair and credible elections, the huge cost and damage it has done to the nation’s economy cannot be overlooked.
“We are trying to situate the postponement properly given the reasons INEC gave, but we cannot as professionals and people engaged in business gloss over the huge damage it has done to the economy of the country.
“The postponement should not be viewed as just a one day thing but an event with rippling effect on the economy of the nation. From the stock market to trading, transportation and the ability of Nigeria bro attract quality investment, the damage is huge”, Dr. Ameh, a security expert and Managing Director of Real Strikers Security Services said.
According to him, though the National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTs has put their loses on Saturday, 16th of February at N140 billion, the loses goes beyond that as the electoral body, the Federal Government, States, political parties and individual Nigerians also incurred huge loses that are not recoverable.
Speaking further on the the disappointment of the group, which is in support of the candidacy of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Dr. Ameh said: “As Nigerians and stakeholders in the politics of this nation, I must confess that it came as a shock to us just like every other Nigerian. We had hoped that by now, the presidential and National Assembly elections would have been behind us and expectedly, we would begin to celebrate the victory of our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“But since it is the duty of INEC to organize elections in the country and ensure that things go smoothly, we have no option than to accept the painful reality that the elections could not hold as scheduled.
“It is painful and shameful at the same time, especially given the level of assurances the electoral body gave concerning their readiness for the elections.”
Dr. Ameh also disagreed with insinuations that the postponement may have had an adverse effect on the chances of their principal, Atiku.
“To be truthful, the postponement will not in anyway affect Atiku’s chances at the polls. Atiku presidential ambition has become a movement, an awakening that majority of Nigerians see as a must.
“The postponement of the elections has only reinforced the need to get Nigeria working and change the narratives of failure, cluelessness and the shabby ways things are done in the country.
“The outcry that greeted the postponement shows that Nigerians are actually tired of being made a laughing stock to the civilised world. We are tired of the continued inefficiency of our institutions and government. We desire a new order and a new way of doing things and that is what Atiku stands for.”
On why professionals from different walks of life are supporting Atik’s ambition, Dr. Ameh said it is their belief that an Atiku presidency can bring the needed synergy in governance that will reposition professionals in their various endeavours in the country.
“We also believe that as profesionals, an Atiku presidency will provide us the needed conducive environment for us to thrive in our professions. Because, as you know, these are people who already have capacity and have created a nitch for themselves in their areas of human endeavours. They are also people who are employers of labour or who are functioning, as it were where they are employed.”