President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his thoughts over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its incompetence in the conduct if the 2019 general elections.
Hours to the commencement of the presidential elections, INEC had released a statement announcing that the elections have been postponed from 16th of February, 2019 to 23rd of February, 2019, reasons being that electoral materials were not enough, logistical problems, and claims of attempted sabotage.
This sparked a lot of annoyance in Nigerians who took to social media to describe how they felt over the announcement made. Some called for the resignation of the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood.
While speaking at the emergency caucus meeting of the All Progressive Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari said that the commission’s failure to conduct elections at the earlier stipulated date was unacceptable.
“Definitely, the reasons why such incompetence manifests itself has to be explained to the nation.
He also cautioned against election violence and warned elections riggers to expect a harsh reaction from security agents.
The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, also criticised INEC’s decision and accused the commission of informing the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about the postponement before it was officially made public.
Buhari Not Planning To Remove Yakubu As INEC Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has no plans to sack the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, before the rescheduled 2019 general elections.
According to Pulse News, a presidency source told The Nation that the allegations are only designed to create electoral anarchy and disrupt all preparations for the poll and create unrest nationwide.