Nigerians United For Democracy (NUD), an alliance of pro-democracy groups from Civil Society, Labour, Faith groups, Youth Groups, Professional Associations and Women Groups, has invited the public to a ‘sit out’ rally in Lagos tomorrow, February 14.
“We call on Nigerians to come out en masse to express their love for Democracy, Defend Democracy Now, assert Peoples’ power is always greater than people in power, say no to the politicisation of the military, No to the politicisation of the Police, No to the politicisation of the SSS,” the group said in a statement signed by Femi Falana and Jibrin Ibrahim.
The event, which has the theme: “Expression of Love for Democracy”, is part of NUD’s efforts aimed at mobilising Nigerians to resist the current threat to democratic transition and good governance.
The objectives of the gathering are:
i. No to the disruption of the democratic process through the establishment of an interim government or any other form of government not known to the constitution.
ii. Elections must hold on the 28th of March and 11th of April, 2015. These dates are sacrosanct.
iii. The government must provide a level playing ground for all political parties and the intimidation of opposition parties and leaders must stop.
iv. Work towards the protection of INEC until the elections and the preservation of its independence is imminent;
v. We must counter any attempt at a further postponement of the elections, now rescheduled for 28th March and 11th April 2015;
vi. We must counter any attempt at the establishment of an interim government, state of emergency or military rule.
Details of the rally:
Venue: M.K.O Abiola Park, Opposite Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota
Time: 4.00 – 7.00pm prompt
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015