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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Election postponement not politically motivated, we take full responsibility – INEC Chairman



Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says bad weather, sabotage, and a host of other factors caused the commission to postpone the elections.

Earlier on Saturday, the INEC Chairman had announced the postponement of the elections by one week.

Addressing a conference in Abuja on Saturday afternoon, he said the commission was prepared for the elections, but had to postpone, as a result of the challenges.

He also noted that sensitive materials had been returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to Yakubu, some materials were not delivered in due time because of bad weather, and such materials that should have been flown by air, had to be transported by road and as such, there was delay.

He also noted that there had been attempts to sabotage the efforts of the commission referenced in fire incidents that occurred at the commission’s offices in Abia, Plateau and Anambra states.

The commission in its announcement said the postponement was in the interest of safeguarding Nigeria's democracy.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says bad weather, sabotage, and a host of other factors caused the commission to postpone the elections.

Earlier on Saturday, the INEC Chairman had announced the postponement of the elections by one week.

Addressing a conference in Abuja on Saturday afternoon, he said the commission was prepared for the elections, but had to postpone, as a result of the challenges.

He also noted that sensitive materials had been returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to Yakubu, some materials were not delivered in due time because of bad weather, and such materials that should have been flown by air, had to be transported by road and as such, there was delay.

He also noted that there had been attempts to sabotage the efforts of the commission referenced in fire incidents that occurred at the commission’s offices in Abia, Plateau and Anambra states.

Currently present at the International Conference Centre in Abuja are many international election observers and key INEC officials.

Also present is the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, a former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka.

However, the national of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Uche Secondus is yet to arrive at the ICC.

The meeting is still ongoing..


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