Poll Shift: Obi appeals for continuation of PVC collection, as Obaze , others lament

February 19th, 2019

CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that some residents in Anambra state have described the development as unfortunate and embarrassing, even as they urged INEC to ensure that the challenges that led to the postponement would be addressed before the new date.

Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the opportunity of­fered by the one-week postpone­ment of the Presidential and Na­tional Assembly elections that ought to take place yesterday to extend the collecting Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) by registered voters who have not been able to do so.

Obi made the appeal while speak­ing with newsmen in his Onitsha res­idence hours after INEC announced the postponement of the elections on Saturday, citing logistics challenges.

“I wish to take this opportu­nity to appeal to INEC to explore the extra one week window and allow voters to continue collecting their PVCs,” Obi said.

Though he expressed dissatisfac­tion over the postponement of the elections, Obi aligned himself with the position of the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, both of whom earlier appealed to Nigeri­ans to remain calm and peaceful.

Reacting, the People’s Demo­cratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in the 2017 election in Anambra state and the state’s Chair­man of the Atiku-Obi Election Council, Mr Oseloka Obaze said he was shocked on the postponement of the election despite the assur­ances from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Obaze said: ‘’INEC had four years to prepare for the 2019 elec­tions in keeping with its statutory remit. It’s last minute postponement of the elections, despite repeated assurances, lends credence to our worries that INEC was never pre­pared to conduct a free, fair and sufficiently credible elections.

‘’As the umpire, INEC must un­derstand that this postponement comes at a great cost to Nigerians. Nigerians are ever ready to make their voices heard through the ballot; hence this shifting of the goalpost in the middle of the game undermines our democracy and won’t stop Nige­rians from exercising their universal suffrage and passing their verdict. We join our candidate in stating that ‘you can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny.’’

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