👤 Uthman Muhammed, DENISAURUS News
President Muhammadu Buhari only discovered the Presidential election and National Assembly elections were about to be postponed in the early hours of Saturday morning – when he and other voters were to go to the polls.
DENISAURUS News reported on Saturday that Nigeria’s electoral commission chaired by Mahmood Yakubu announced the decision to hold off the election about five hours (2:40 am) before citizens were to perform their civic duties.
Voters were expected to begin to cast their ballot as early as 7:00am, but they were not able to do so because of the shift. They are now expected to return to the polls to elect Governorship and State House of Assembly members on March 9, while the Presidential and NASS elections will hold on February 23.
The President said he had to “leave my constituency and come to Abuja immediately, because I was told of the decision of INEC about 4:30 in the morning.”
Speaking at a meeting organised by the All Progressives Congress in Abuja today, the President said that the electoral body had enough resources to conduct a successful elections.
“I told them in my statement at the airport that INEC had all the time and all the resources they wanted and then they have to wait for only six hours to casting the votes to tell us that it is not possible,” he said: “Definitely, the reasons why such incompetence manifest itself has to be explained to the nation.”
While addressing members of his APC party – which includes Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President once again ensued for peace.
He said the military and police have been given an order to be ruthless. So “anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch (ballot) boxes or disturbs the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”