Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Nigerians in Ghana express disappointment in postponement of elections

Nigerians in Ghana express disappointment in postponement of elections

Nigerian police guard the entrance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party headquarters where Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari holds an emergency meeting with senior members of the party in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday Feb. 18, 2019.

The Nigerian Army on Monday added another twist to the debate when it told PREMIUM TIMES it will obey "totally and effectively" such order if it is given by Mr Buhari.

"We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this process as the rumor mill is agog with the suggestion that this postponement has been orchestrated in collusion with the main opposition, the PDP, that was never ready for this election", the council said, referring to the opposing People's Democratic Party. I have given the military and police the order to be ruthless. It is indeed a license to kill, which should not come from any leader of any civilized nation.

CUPP particularly flayed the statement of the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole for his attack on INEC leadership tantamount to calling for the sack of the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and some Resident Electoral Commissioners as mischievous.

Presidential and parliamentary elections were put off just over five hours before polls were due to open on Saturday, causing widespread anger.

"Our party is also aware of the pressure being mounted by the Buhari Presidency on INEC to cancel elections in some states and make others inconclusive so as to achieve President Buhari's objectives of a staggered election not minding the crisis such will trigger across the federation".

The incumbent president also called the electoral commission incompetent and ordered an investigation into why the vote was delayed.

The PDP called on Nigerians and the worldwide community to hold Buhari responsible for any electoral crisis.

Former general Buhari, 76, said at the same press conference that he didn't know about the deferral before he woke up on Saturday morning and that INEC had to explain its "incompetence".

"Now, let me run this; he has been fighting Boko Haram, kidnappers and all these before this election, did you hear him asking them to be shot and executed summarily?"

The Nigerian Army had earlier said it would deploy personnel for the elections, but only on contingent bases on the outer perimeter of communities rather than near polling units.

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