Many Nigerian celebrities have taken to social media, sharing their opinions and reactions about the 2019 elections postponement which was announced earlier today, 16th February, 2019.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the presidential and governorship elections on the 16th of February and 2nd of March, 2019 respectively, but had them shifted to 23rd of February and 6th of March, 2019 respectively.
This development announced via INEC’s Twitter today has invited a feeling of discontent in Nigeria especially among its public figures. The interest concerning how the country is faring in the aspect of development has grown among the populace especially with those that are informed.
The postponed elections was supposed to offer an avenue to change how things are done in government, unfortunately this cannot be done on the date that was already scheduled. INEC cites logistics problems but this has not impressed some celebrities so much.
Toke Makinwa, popular radio presenter, was one of the contributors who lent out her voice to this recent development. She urged Nigerians to hold still and decide come 23rd February, after she expressed her disgust and disappointment through a photo of corp members she posted on Instagram.
Rather than feeling depressed about the setback, singer, Banky W, who is the Modern Democratic Party’s (MDP) candidate for the house of representatives seat in Eti-Osa sees it as an opportunity to sensitize people more on a need to vote.
“Our elections have been postponed until Feb 23rd. One more week to spread the word. Delay is not denial. We will be here.”
He also expressed his sadness for the corpers who had to sleep under terrible conditions only to have the elections postponed.
Actress and wife to Banky Wellington, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, also expressed her gross disappointment at the INEC body.
“How can you cancel elections at 2am? 5 hours before it’s meant to start?”, she posted.
In Nigeria, the weekend, specifically Saturdays, are usually a day fixed for happy celebrations including weddings. A ban on commercial activities due the elections will mean no access to transportation or free movement for some individuals hoping to receive guests.
Bizzle Osikoya is a public figure that is into music management. He finds himself contemplating what INEC’s move will mean to them.
“There’s nothing wrong in wanting to be President for one more week,” the pop star shares in a post on Twitter.