Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Anger after Nigeria calls off election on morning of vote

Anger after Nigeria calls off election on morning of vote

Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure while fielding questions at the commission's meeting with stakeholders, on Saturday in Abuja.

Nigeria has delayed its presidential and parliamentary elections for a week in a dramatic late-night move.

"This was a hard decision for the commission to take but necessary for the successful delivery of elections and the consolidation of our democracy", he said.

He said: "The constitution and the laws protected INEC, but they must not take us for granted".

"You can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny", Abubakar tweeted.

On request that INEC should compensate political parties for the change in dates, Yakubu said that INEC did not finance parties.

The postponement was not well received by Nigerians, with some calling for the resignation of INEC chairman, Prof. "Politicians who are the greatest beneficiaries of this democracy have become the greatest threats".

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has told the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States to solve numerous challenges facing them and leave Nigeria to handle her own internal matters. "But as long as it doesn't portend some major election dispute after the voting, I don't think the ultimate effect will be that major". I am shocked, disappointed and disgusted. I have given the military and police the order to be ruthless to anybody.

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"Otherwise, the courts may annul some of the elections conducted by INEC on grounds of exclusion of qualified candidates", he stated.

"Observer will stay where they were and a lot of inconveniences would have been saved".

"They need to speak to us about the reconfiguration of card readers".

A calm-looking Abubakar, speaking to reporters outside his home in northern Adamawa state, said his party would decide on the way forward after an electoral commission briefing Saturday afternoon.

He also requested that the commission should allow independent verification that sensitive materials to be retrieved to the CBN had not been opened or tampered with.

Buhari, in power since 2015, faces a tight election contest against Atiku of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). I have no difficulty in seconding Secondus to have a new INEC chairman if that is what it takes to have a credible election.

Whether the election postponement casts doubt on the credibility of INEC, Tinubu said: "It depends on how it is handled and the process - how the process is managed; you can convert ... in crisis, a situation of adversity to an opportunity and progress".

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