Nationwide chief of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to stay dedicated and never enable the election postponement deter them from exercising their rights on Feb. 23.
Tinubu made the decision in a press release made out there to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman.
Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections slated for Feb. 16 have been shifted until Feb. 23 by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Saturday, hours to the graduation of the polls.
Governorship, state homes of meeting and Federal Capital Territory Space Council polls, earlier fastened for March 2 have been additionally moved to March 9 by INEC as a consequence of some challenges.
In accordance with Tinubu, there have been reviews of keen voters rising early to depart their properties to forged their ballots on Saturday solely to be instructed upon arriving at their appointed polling stations that the election had been postponed.
He mentioned that this could not have occurred for it may effectively discourage folks from popping out when the election takes place.
Tinubu, nevertheless, urged individuals who got here out and different Nigerians who meant to forged their votes to take care of their dedication and put together to take action on Feb. 23.
“Don’t enable this delay to discourage you from the expression of your democratic rights.
“What you had set your thoughts to do on February 16, maintain your thoughts and coronary heart on for February 23, ” he mentioned.
Tinubu expressed dissatisfaction over the late hour postponement of the presidential and nationwide meeting elections by INEC.
” Because the Nationwide Chief of the APC and easily as a Nigerian, I have to specific my profound concern and dissatisfaction with the sudden, late hour postponement of the presidential and nationwide meeting elections by INEC.
“Whereas we admire the enormity of the logistical problem that elections in an unlimited nation like ours poses to INEC, we’re nonetheless pained that the Fee couldn’t meet this problem inside the time allotted.
“We’re additionally perplexed that INEC actually waited so late within the day to make identified the obstacles stopping it from protecting religion to the election schedule.
” INEC may have and will have given the nation extra ample and earlier warning. This might have maybe lessened the pervasive disappointment that all of us now really feel. It additionally would have helped folks higher order their steps immediately, ” he mentioned.
The APC Nationwide Chief urged political events and Nigerians to assist and encourage INEC to conduct a clean election on February 23.
“We should take INEC’s assertion at face worth and maintain to the idea that INEC understands much more than ever the sober and grave duty it has to our nation and our democracy.
“INEC can solely correctly discharge that duty by conducting free and honest elections.
“Whereas we can’t return to restore what did or didn’t occur to trigger this postponement, all of us should encourage INEC to do all that’s essential so voting can easily proceed on February 23.
“No matter our political affiliation, we should encourage INEC to beat the difficulties to be able to rise to this most essential event, ” he mentioned.
Tinubu additionally urged INEC to commit itself greater than ever earlier than to carry out to its utmost in order that the elections could be remembered as a free and honest train consonant with the most effective of worldwide requirements.
“Ultimately, elections should be held in such a way that each vote carries the identical weight and no vote is minimised as a result of elections passed off a lot earlier or later in a single place than in one other.
“Thus, it’s higher to expertise a slight delay to conduct the elections correctly slightly than to conduct the elections piecemeal and uneven trend.
“Nobody will absolve INEC if such a destiny befalls this all-important election. The electoral physique should use the one-week extension mend its logistics gaps and lapses, ” he mentioned.
Tinubu urged Nigerians to include their anger, stay calm and never be tempted to breach the peace within the nation due to the delay.
“This delay has clearly provoked important anger and disappointment among the many folks. The voters have been prepared and INEC ought to have been equally as ready and prepared because the voters.
“Within the larger scheme of issues, a one-week delay isn’t overly burdensome when in comparison with the significance of conduct of free and simply elections within the institution of consultant democracy and good governance in our land.
“Please, persevere only a bit longer to make sure that the elections on February 23 really replicate the need of the folks.
“No matter obstacles might come, be they massive or small, allow us to present the world the Nigerian folks won’t be deterred from realizing the democracy for which we have now fought and sacrificed so lengthy and so onerous to attain, ” Tinubu mentioned.