Atiku Reacts To INEC’s Postponement Of General Elections – Accuses Buhari’s Administration
By Wisdom Peter,
The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted on the postponement of the general elections that was scheduled 16th February to 23rd February 2019 by the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mamood Yakubu.
In a statement released earlier today, as signed by the PDP Presidential candidate after INEC’s announcement of it’s postponing of today’s general elections, Atiku likened the situation to the biblical hand of Esau but voice of Jacob.
He blamed the sudden incident on the Buhari-led administration, which he claims had enough time and money to prepare for the elections, saying the administration hopes to disenfranchise disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date.
The Statement as quoted by The Punch reads, “As you know, the Independent National Electoral Commission has
announced a postponement of the elections until 23 February and 9 March respectively.
“The Buhari administration has had more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections and the Nigerian people were poised and ready to perform their civic responsibility by voting in the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, 16 February, 2019.
“This postponement is obviously a case of the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. By instigating this postponement, the Buhari administration hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date. Nigerians must frustrate their plans by coming out in even greater numbers on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively.
“Knowing that the Nigerian people are determined to reject them, they are desperate and will do anything in their power to avoid their rejection by the Nigerian people.
“Their plan is to provoke the public, hoping for a negative reaction, and then use that as an excuse for further anti-democratic acts. As such, I call on all Nigerians to be patient. We have tolerated the maladministration of this government for four years. We can extend our tolerance a few more days and give them our verdict via our votes.”
He continued, urging Nigerians to avoid violence and come out to vote in order to frustrate them.
“Maintain the peace and be law abiding. Do not react to this provocation with anger, violence or any action that might be exploited by those who do not want this election to hold. Remain calm. We will overcome this. You can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny.
“Please come out to vote on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively. Frustrate those who do not want this election to hold by coming out in very large numbers. That is the best antidote to their plans.
“May God bless you and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”