2019 general elections: INEC, security operatives have lot to do – Gabam

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With the lifting of embargo for Presidential and National Assembly campaigns for the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and as the campaigns kicked-off officially, the national secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam has said that for the country to have credible, free, fair and acceptable elections in the review period, the main actors in the conduct of the elections, INEC and security operatives must go extra mile in discharging their duties before, during and after the exercise.

Just as he said that the SDP, for now, remains the only alternative to the other political parties in the country.

“The SDP has a wonderful manifesto that is people driven and development oriented. If you look carefully at the composition of the party, you will discover that it is well structured and articulate and have people of proven integrity as members,” he explained.

Alhaji Gabom made the observation while chatting with newsmen in his Tilden Fulani country home in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State where he called on politicians to play the game of politics in accordance with the rules and regulations.

According to him, it is by doing so that all other actors in the political scene will be able to discharge their duties with minimal and negligible mistakes.

The party’s National Scribe, who chided politicians for still struggling to organise a credible election, declared that: “Since the advent of democratic rule in this country in 1999, we have been struggling with how to conduct and deliver a credible election. As at today, the only credible elections in the country remain the 1993 general elections conducted and delivered by the military.”

The politician added that: “Officials of INEC must have it in mind that they are the cynosure of eyes in the conduct of credible elections. The security operatives must also see it as a national duty to be fair to all participants in the election, while the politicians must know that they will provide quality leadership when elected into office.”

On the presidential and other primaries of the party, Alhaji Gabom boasted that: “Just take a census of the conduct of the primaries by other political parties and you will discover that ours remain the freest and fairest. We have been able to manage our internal politicking.”

He then assured that if the 2019 general elections were conducted in a free and fair atmosphere, his political party will emerge victorious, saying that: “You can see that politicians are now trooping to join the party because we are the best political bride in the country for now.”

While reacting to his political ambition for 2019, particularly the agitation for him to contest the Bauchi governorship seat, he said: “I am a man who believes in destiny, but for now I am doing national service as the National Secretary of the SDP but if destiny beacons on me to do something else, I will definitely succumb.”

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