Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood
Yakubu said the decision to postpone the elections arises after a meeting with
INEC Commissioners, citing “logistics’’ problems as issues that necessitated
Yakubu said the
decision became more important after reviewing the level of the commission’s
preparedness for the exercise, though it was a difficult decision, but was
necessary for successful delivery of the elections and to consolidate on
President Buhari said
he got the news of the postponement of the election at 4.30 a.m on the Election
Describing the election
postponement as most unfortunate as the INEC had all the time and resources required
to conduct the election, PMB vows that the exact cause must be unravel after
“We have to know exactly what happened, we cannot accept
incompetence”, He said.
the INEC Resident
Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom, Mike Igini, blamed politicians for
the postponement, saying that the failures of political parties to stick to
INEC’s timetables and a plethora of petitions against the INEC with regards to
primaries, was one of the main reasons why the 2019 general elections was
that security agencies discovered opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) plan
to induce voters with the sum of $3million (N1.8billion) in each state.
reported to have also co-opted ex-staff of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to recruit loyal ad hoc staff for the elections.
of the National Peace Committee, NPC, a body headed by former Head of State
Abdulsalami Abubakar, has been discovered to be in the work plan of PDP.
have intercepted alleged compromise of some officers of the policemen, INEC and
other security agents in some states.
report by the security agencies, including the alleged implication of a former
top official of INEC, may be presented to the chairman of the INEC, Prof.
Muhammadu Buhari had ordered security operatives to deal with ballot boxes
snatchers and trouble makers ruthlessly.
said the postponement have increased economic uncertainty,Companies’
strategies at risk, overbearing costs andWaste
of national resources.
The new dates are February 23rd
for the presidential and national assembly elections, and March 9th 2019
for governorship and state assemblies’ elections.