Breaking: Saturday General Elections Postoned to February 23


By Blogger

At about 2.30am when Nigerians are still catching their sleep with the sweet and or anxious dreams of going to poll in few hours, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was up and announcing  the postponement of the Saturday February 16 election.  

PREMIUM TIME broke the news almost immediately.

This blogger was jolted out of sleep by the avalanche of  alerts and calls that the slated Saturday election has been cancelled.

According to INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who made the announcement  at the commission's headquarters in Abuja,  new dates for the elections are February 23 for presidential and national assembly elections and March 9 for governorship and state assemblies elections.

Mr Yakubu said further details of the postponement would be disclosed at a conference scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

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The statement read by the INEC Chairman read:

"The Independent National Electoral Commission met on Friday, 15 February 2019 and reviewed its preparation for the 2019 general elections scheduled for Saturday, February 16, and Saturday, March 2.

"Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plans and its determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible.

"Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential/National Assembly elections to Saturday, 23rd February 2019. Furthermore, the Governorship/State House of Assembly/Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections are rescheduled to Saturday, 9th March 2019.

"This will afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections.

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

"The Commission will meet with key stakeholders to update them on this development at 2 P.M at the Abuja International Conference Centre."

The cancellation and postponement  came hours after PREMIUM TIMES reported that logistics challenges in some parts of the country may force the commission to move the elections.

Kp Blog's Concerns

This is not a good sign for what promised to be a peaceful 2019 elections . An ominous cloud of crisis that threatens our lands. 

The leaders of  politics must stand up at this very critical moment to put the interest of Nigeria in the front burner of all interests and  do everything necessary to contain their followership to bottle up whatever displeasure they may have. 

It is time to show maturity and greater understanding that nothing should break Nigeria. 

We must all rise above our anger. Let Nigerians listen to INEC's explanation by 2pm today and possibly give them a chance to right their errs which  have advertently or inadvertently put Nigeria in this delicate situation. 

#VoteDontFight

#ViolenceFreeElection

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