Just in: Elections postponement plan to disenfranchise voters – Atiku

  • Just in: Elections postponement plan to disenfranchise voters – Atiku

     opposition People’s Democratic Party
    presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar
    said the postponement of the general
    election by Independent National
    Electoral Commission is “obviously a
    case of the hand of Esau but the voice of
    Jacob.”
    “The Buhari administration has had more
    than enough time and money to prepare
    for these elections and the Nigerian
    people were poised and ready to perform
    their civic responsibility by voting in the
    elections earlier scheduled for Saturday,
    16 February, 2019,” Atiku said in a
    stateemnt on Saturday.
    “By instigating this postponement, the
    Buhari administration hopes to
    disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in
    order to ensure that turn out is low on
    the rescheduled date,” he added.
    INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood
    Yakubu, announced the postponement on
    Saturday at a press briefing morning held
    at the commission’s headquarters in
    Abuja.
    “Following a careful review of the
    implementation of its logistics and
    operational plan, and the determination
    to conduct free, fair, and credible
    elections, the commission came to the
    conclusion that proceeding with the
    elections as scheduled is no longer
    feasible,” Yakubu said.
    Abubakar alleged that the the election
    postponement is a bid to frustrate
    Nigerians from participating in the
    election.
    “Their plan is to provoke the public,
    hoping for a negative reaction, and then
    use that as an excuse for further anti-
    democratic acts,” Abubakar said.
    “As such, I call on all Nigerians to be
    patient. We have tolerated the
    maladministration of this government for
    four years. We can extend our tolerance
    a few more days and give them our
    verdict via our votes,” he added.
    But the President Muhammadu Buhari’s
    Campaign Organisation has accused the
    electoral watchdog of conniving with the
    opposition People’s Democratic Party to
    scuper the election.
    Keyamo said the postponement of the
    general election is “a huge
    disappointment.”
    “We condemn and deprecate this
    tardiness of the electoral umpire in the
    strongest terms possible,” the Director of
    Media of the Buhari Campaign
    Organisation, Festus Keyamo, said in a
    statement on Saturday.
    He stated that “the rumour mill is agog
    with the suggestion that this
    postponement has been orchestrated in
    collusion with the main opposition.”



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