By Abdallah el-Kurebe
The acting National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr. Manzo Abubakar has said that Nigerians have all it takes to effect change of political leadership in the country.
He told Newsdiaryonline in an exclusive interview in Sokoto on Sunday that the present leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party under President Goodluck Jonathan had failed the people of Nigeria in all aspects of socioeconomic development.
“The ingredients for concrete, tangible change are there for the people of Nigeria to work on for change,” Abubakar said adding that the technical and material conditions that warrant leadership change under a different political platform in this country now existed. “You can see that from the South, West, east and North, Nigerians are yearning for change.”
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the improved quality of electoral process but quickly warned that the electoral umpire must not bow to any pressure to postpone the February 14th election.
“INEC national chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega has substantially improved the quality of the electoral process. This will eventuate in checking the excesses of electoral officers and politicians.
“However, under no circumstances should INEC bow to pressure from some quarters for postponement of February election. It is disastrous for the country, especially that the international community was watching us with rapt attention,” Abubakar said.
He called on Nigerian masses, especially at states and local government levels to elect UPN candidates in order to ensure equity in the distribution of resources.