Boko Haram: 2015 Elections May Be Postponed If Insurgency Continues Unabated, Elechi Says

Martin ElechiGovernor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, on Tuesday said there is a possibility that the 2015 elections will be postponed if the present security challenges continue unabated.

He stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital, during a media chat, as part of activities marking the country’s 54th independence anniversary and 18th anniversary of the state’s creation.

Elechi, who was responding to a question on the choice of a successor, said the people of Ebonyi State will decide who becomes the next governor in 2015.

He said, “I don’t know why we are so unsettled about this matter, the time table is out and actors are going to make themselves available. You create the impression that I will singlehandedly say that this is my successor.

“It has to come by way of consensus and by election. So please, do not over heat the polity. What is important now is that we face our projects and programmes.

“What if the elections don’t come? You should pray more that we overcome the destabilizing factors that are shaking the entire nation with probability. I’m not saying that they will succeed, but with probability of stalling all elections.

“If the nation is at war and this is a constitutional provision, such that elections can’t be held, elections will be postponed.

“We should be more concerned with ensuring peace and tranquility in the country rather than who succeeds who.

“If I am alive till May 29, 2015, I will hand over to somebody”.