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.’’