Maintain May 29 handover date, IPAC urges Jonathan

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Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan hand power on May 29, 2015.

Kuhuri made the call during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said, “the May 28 handover proposal has generated arguments with a lot of suspicions and interpreted negatively.

“So, Mr. President should complete the 24- hour difference and hand over power to the president-elect on May 29 to sustain the statesmanship he demonstrated during the election.

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“President Jonathan has earned himself international respect when he conceded defeat and congratulated Gen. Buhari. He should sustain this for the remaining period of his administration and beyond.

“Handing over power on May 29 will erase every suspicion, fear of creating vacuum and the judicial interpretation to the difference between May 28 and May 29.”

According to Kukuri, Nigerians are united towards a peaceful transition after the peaceful elections, so the traditional handover date of May 29 should be respected,” he said.

He urged the two transition committees of the outgoing and incoming governments to give priority to national interest.

The chairman called on all stakeholders to support a smooth transition Goodluck to Buhari to consolidate the achievements recorded in the just-concluded election.

“The agencies should also support a successful transition. Every Nigerian has a role to play in ensuring a peaceful and successful transition for Nigeria’s democracy to become a role model in Africa.”

“l do not see this as a problem, but it seems to be generating serious arguments, l am sure it will be resolved amicably,” he said. (NAN)