Nigerians count losses after polls shift
About four hours to the commencement of Nigeria’s presidential and national legislative seats election, the electoral umpire announced postponement of the elections for 7 days.
Unwary Nigerians woke up in the election morning to the realization that the elections have been called off. Some voters did not believe the truth.
Following high excitement for the election, people had travelled from one part of the 923,763 km² country to the other.
Smart business people had planned to do a brisk business. But all went down the drain after the elections were shifted.
One of the affected persons from Anambra state, South-East Nigeria told Discover Africa News:
“I am a businessman based in Taraba (North-East Nigeria). I traveled almost 12 hours to come here to vote. This morning, I heard that elections have been shifted. I am the person that paid my bills. What will I do”
Presidential candidates of both the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari regretted the postponement of the election.
But the hard-hit are the common people who had planned their lives with their little resources only to the set back by the shift in the elections dates.