Mixed reaction in Lafiya over election postponement brings
From Suleiman Lawal Lafia
The postponement of February 16, 2019, Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has generated mixed feelings among residents of Nasarawa state with some expressing disappointment while others patted the electoral body on the back.
In an interview with some politicians and the electorate in the three senatorial districts of the state, many of them expressed different views on the postponement of the elections.
The Triumph reliably reports that INEC postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections at the early hours of Saturday, the day fixed for the elections.
In his reaction to the development governorship candidate of the APC, Engr. Abdullahi Sule appealed to party supporters and residents of the state to be resolute and focused as well as abide by the rules of the game.
“INEC as an independent body has the constitutional obligation to make decisions with cogent and substantial evidence that warranted them to postpone the elections in accordance with the law establishing the body.
“I therefore wish to use this medium to plead with all of our citizens of Nasarawa state to receive the postponement with good intention, just as he urged them to be law abiding citizens,”. Sule told residents.
The APC governorship candidate, advised all sundry and APC members to come out en-masse to elect, President Muhammadu Buhari, governorship, senatorial and all other candidates of the party at the new date announced by INEC Chairman.
Others however, have a contrary view on INEC’s action with many of them frowning at the electoral body for the postponement as according to them it took people by surprise.
They called on the staff of the election umpire to use the window period to address all the logistical problems that led to the cancellation and not to succumb to pressure from politicians to rig the election.
On his part, a Labour Party caucus, Mr. Bala John, a resident of Akwanga Local Government Area, accused INEC for incapacitating the election exercise.
He said that the reason given by INEC for the cancellation was not good enough, adding that Nigerians have the right to know the real reason for the postponement.
“INEC should explain the logistical problems that led to the postponement because we have the right to know,” he added.
He called on INEC to do the needful and beef up security in all their offices to prevent them from being attacked as was the case recently in some states.
Also in his view, the state spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), MUhammAd Bwala who was upset with the announcement, said PDP members are wondering what reasons were there for the cancelation of the election.
The PDP mouth-piece said as a party they will take the advantage of the extension period to do additional home work to enable the party emerge victorious in February 23 election.