INEC Chairman says new strategies are currently in place to ensure that the rescheduled election is problem-free.
Says reschedulimg has nothing to do with security, political influences or any other influences.
“We take full responsibility.” INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu and management of the Commission say they take full responsibility for the elections postponement and seek for understanding by Nigerians, international/domestic election observers and other stakeholders.
Question time at the press briefing by the management of Nigeria’s election management body, INEC.
Political parties and some candidates are asking for some form of compensation for the monies already spent on sending out agents, logistics.
Some political parties here are not happy that Nigeria’s INEC did not seek their opinion before the postponement as it happened in 2011 and 2015. They also want INEC to have its responsibilities reduced due to its heavy workload.
Major Nigeria opposition party, PDP through its representative and former minister, Osita Chidoka commends INEC for not staggering the election as it would have hurt many Nigerians. Says postponement in order.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu says the decision on the postponement of the election is in line with Nigeria’s 2010 Electoral Act which empowers it to postpone elections incase of violence or national disasters, as long as such are verifiable.
At Q&A session, Nigeria’s election management body INEC says it cannot compensate or pay political parties for cost incurred during postponement of election as it does not have a law backing such actions, says it has no such budgets.
“We are not complaining” – Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of Nigeria’s electoral commission replies to presidential candidate of YES party’s question on whether postponement of election will not affect its finances, which he feels are in millions.
Oshiomole is now blasting the INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood
“I am shocked, I am disappointed and I am disgusted. It was wrong that you announced it at 2am”
– ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE, Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress saying political parties have exhausted their finances and INEC Chairman owes Nigerians an apology.
“Until 2am, we were still confident that elections will hold across the nation. All national assets were mobilised including private airlines but challenges set in.” – Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of Nigeria’s electoral commission on postponement
ONGOING: Q&A session of Nigeria’s election management body, INEC ongoing over postponement of presidential and parliamentary elections. Political parties, candidates, journalists, observers, others here in the capital, Abuja.