Reactions have trailed the decision of The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to postpone the Presidential and National Assembly elections earlier slated for today by a week, citing operational difficulties.
The opposition PDP 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 statement 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
A renowned political analyst in Lagos state, Isaac Abiola on his part expressed displeasure at the postponement, citing the electoral body’s insincerity the worrisome part.
I am disappointed with INEC. It is obvious that they are not sincere with us. INEC till 11:30pm yesterday claimed to have been ready and even tweeted that their situation room was ready. It is not a must to conduct elections when you are not fully ready. But the decision to postponed should have been reached and announced at least 24hrs before election. Why announce 2:30am when people were sleeping. I feel there is an arrangement somewhere.Mr Abiola said.
On the ruling party’s side, Arc Waziri Bulama, the deputy director general of APC presidential campaign council disclosed the party’s readiness for the forthcoming general elections dismissing claims that the APC was looking for a postponement of the polls. Bulama who disclosed this on Wednesday, February 13, stated that the council had carried its campaign all over the country. He said the responsibilities of leaders was to deliver good governance, secure the lives of Nigerians, ensure that they promote justice, rule of law, peace and freedom through their actions.
Another recipient, Kayode Peters who is a social analyst bemoans the move and its timing, considering the effect it would have on the people of the nation Nigeria and the Economy.
It means people who have planned to have their weddings and other ceremonies next weekend would have to postpone them. Do you know some people traveled down here from all over the countries for the purpose of this elections?Postponement of elections by INEC is a critical one as it further reveals failure of Nigerian system and governance. What about the resources that had put in to the preparation? This has therefore put all of us in bad mood across the country and earned Nigeria another bad namehe said.
Also Reacting to the postponement, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ahmed Raji, noted that if the postponement was towards achieving a credible, free and acceptable election, it is in order.
According to him, if the reason for the postponment is actually on logistics as it is being said, it is okay instead of the Commission to go ahead and conduct an election that would put it to ridicule both locally and internationally.
Raji, while stating that it is high time Nigerians begin to see election as a process, observed that budgetary allocation for the elections came a little bit late.
According to him election materials are not things people just pick from the shop, hence the commission needs adequate time to plan and arrange for some of this materials.
Mr Femi John, an author believes
It very ominous for the Nigerian democracy. With the postponement, there is a high possibility for duplicity of materials already issued by INEC, especially to the various categories of election observers. Unless INEC can plans to reissue a completely different materials for use on the date the election is postponed to, credibility of the election could be greatly compromised.