The Presidential candidate of the People’s democratic party, Atiku Abubakar describes INEC’s decision to postpone the presidential election as a case of the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob.
Atiku has said that the Buhari administration who instigated the move by INCE, hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date.
In a statement released in the early hours of Saturday, February 16, Atiku said:
“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.
“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.”
Atiku further alleged that the the election postponement is a bid to frustrate Nigerians from participating in the election. He said: “Their plan is to provoke the public, hoping for a negative reaction, and then use that as an excuse for further anti-democratic acts.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections.
In a tweet by Laolu Akande, his spokesman, the Vice President said: “Mr. President was already in Daura in Katsina State and the VP already in Lagos to vote this morning before the postponement just announced by INEC.
“This is truly disappointing, but the march to the Next Level continues. Nigeria will prevail.”