A forum of some eminent Nigerians, known as The Compatriots, has canvassed that all forthcoming elections in the country be held the same day.
The Compatriots led by former Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Obong Victor Attah, in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday cautioned against activities and actions that could jeopardize the conduct of the forthcoming general elections, reiterating its earlier resolve that these elections must hold at all costs and must be credible.
According to the group, holding the forthcoming elections same day is a “safer option in the light of potential consequential threats to security”.
The statement read in part, “The Compatriots have observed with concern preparations and timelines for the forthcoming national and state elections. We reiterate our earlier statement that these elections must hold at all costs and must be credible. All actual and perceived threats to the elections must therefore be handled promptly and decisively.
“Current difficulties facing citizens represent threats to the elections. Rhetoric and statements which inflame passions should be avoided by all. In particular, comments that suggest that the democratic elections must end with their candidate’s victory should be condemned.
“All things considered we strongly believe that there is merit in considering the option of holding all the elections in one day. While acknowledging that this will pose some challenges to the management of the elections, we consider it a safer option in the light of potential consequential threats to security.”