Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections.
While describing the postponement as ‘truly disappointing’, Osinbajo said the march to the Next Level continues.
Recall that INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, addressing reporters yesterday at the press centre of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s Capital said that the polls would not go on as planned due to some challenges encountered by the commission.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of masterminding the postponement of the elections.
Atiku, who described the development as “hand of Esau, voice of Jacob,” said: “As you know, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced a postponement of the elections until 23 February and 9 March respectively.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the postponement of Presidential and National Assembly elections, earlier scheduled for Saturday 16, February.
Buhari spoke in Daura, Katsina State where he had been since Thursday, and expected to exercise his franchise like other Nigerians.
He said his pains stem from the fact that many people had traveled from various locations just to participate in the electoral process.
The meeting, which started at about 11.00am, was held inside the Plateau Ballroom of the hotel. The meeting, which had in attendance Commonwealth Observer team, EU Observer team, AU Observer team and ECOWAS Observer mission, and others, lasted for about an hour. Some of the leaders of the local observer groups sighted by newsmen included Mr Clement Nwankwo, Convener, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and Ms. Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). Others were Mr Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Mr Samson Itodo, Executive Director, YIAGA AFRICA, among others. FG commences release of N1.3trn NDDC hanging funds Shortly after the meeting, correspondents approached
Civil society groups in Nigeria has called on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately provide clear explanation to Nigerians on what warranted postponement of the general elections. Yakubu Converging on the auspices of Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Convener of the coalition, Mr Clement Nwankwo, made the call while reacting to INEC’s postponement of Saturday and March 2 elections, on Saturday in Abuja. Nwankwo expressed disappointment and shock at the development in spite of the assurances by INEC that everything was ready for the elections. “This development casts a cloud of doubt on INEC’s credibility and
President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Katsina for Abuja following the postponement of the Feb. 16 and March 2 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The president was scheduled to exercise his voting right on Saturday in Daura, his country home, before the sudden postponement by INEC. Reports have it that the president, who did not use his official chopper due to bad weather, arrived Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport Katsina by road at about 12.12p.m for the onward journey to Abuja. Polls: We’re not routing for any presidential candidate – Charlyboy’s group Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and other prominent personalities were at the airport to bid the president
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the reports of ballot papers found in the possession of some people ahead of the general elections.
INEC Director of Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told Channels Television that there was nothing wrong with that, provided they were specimens.
“Yes! we did give political parties a specimen of the ballot paper,” he said during his appearance on The Verdict. “There is nothing wrong with having specimen ballot papers in your possession.”
The INEC director added:-
“In terms of getting people out, teaching them how to vote correctly such that their ballots are not invalid.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that nobody will unseat him.
He said contrary to opinions in some quarters, he had the strength to lead the country for four more years.
Buhari stated this in an interview aired on Friday on the verified Instagram page of CNN Africa while responding to doubts about his ability to run the country for a second term.
The interviewer had asked the President, “This is a vibrant democracy. You came in, unseating the incumbent. Are you worried the same could happen to you?”
To this, Buhari responded:-
“No. Nobody would unseat me.”
“I am ready to take this country forward for the next four years.”