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POLLS SHIFT: NANS suspends protest, withdraws call for Yakubu’s resignation



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The National Association of Nigerian Students has suspended its anticipated nationwide protest over the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections which was slated for Monday, February 18. This decision was revealed by the spokesperson of the association, Azeez Adeyemi.

In a statement by the spokesperson, he pointed out that the decision to withdraw the protest was issued based on an alleged plan by unknown politicians to take-over the protest as the reason for “standing-down” the protest

“I must say here, after going through all information in the public domain about the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections, we have obviously seen that, there is the hand of Esau and the voice of Jacob in the hullabaloo.

“It is based on these premise, that we want to emphatically say that NANS is not a tool to settle a political issue. We say with utmost sincerity and seriousness of mind that we are not cowards and he who runs away from a fight, lives to fight another day” he explained.

Meanwhile, the association has also reacted to the call for the resignation of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over election postponement, describing it as unfair and something to be frowned upon. This came in shortly before the body’s proposed decision to embark on a protest.

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In a statement issued on Monday by NANS’ National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Bestman Okereafor, the association considered the decision made by INEC to postpone the elections to be in the best interest of Nigerians in defence of its democracy.

“Even though we frown at the manner and timing of the announcement of the postponement, we still consider the decision to be in the best interest of Nigerians,” Okereafor said.

By Todimu Ogunade…

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