The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to be patient following the postponement of the general elections by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Abubakar, in a statement issued on Saturday, 16th February, 2019 in Yola urged Nigerians not to react to the postponement with violence, but come out to vote on the new day.
INEC had, on Saturday morning, shifted the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday 16th February, 2019 to 23rd February, 2019, while state elections also scheduled for 2nd March, 2019 to 9th March, 2019.
Abubakar said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections adding that Nigerians were poised to perform their civic responsibility by voting in the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday.
According to Pulse News, He said that the postponement was to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate to ensure that the turnout was low on the rescheduled date.
“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.
“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, Feb. 23 and Saturday, March 9 respectively.
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“As you know, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced a postponement of the elections until 23 February and 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.