Atiku Abubakar is a major contender in Nigeria's 2019 election

Atiku Abubakar is a major contender in Nigeria’s 2019 election


Opposition leader, Atiku, calls for patience as election umpire shifts election


Nigeria’s presidential election will no longer hold today. A statement from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) early morning on Saturday said the election has been shifted to February 23rd, citing logistic challenges.

Gubernatorial and states assembly election earlier scheduled to hold on March 2nd is also shifted to March 9th.

Both the main opposition party, the Poeples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) have condemned the postponement.

PDP presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar in a statement urged the citizens to be calm and resolute to vote out the Muhammadu Buhari led administration on the rescheduled date.

In 2015, defeated Goodluck Jonathan shifted the election for some weeks.

Atiku’s statement reads:

Dear citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 

As you know, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced a postponement of the elections until 23 February and 9 March respectively.

The Buhari administration has had more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections and the Nigerian people were poised and ready to perform their civic responsibility by voting in the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, 16 February, 2019. 

This postponement is obviously a case of the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. By instigating this postponement, the Buhari administration hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date. Nigerians must frustrate their plans by coming out in even greater numbers on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 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. 

Their plan is to provoke the public, hoping for a negative reaction, and then use that as an excuse for further anti-democratic acts.

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, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively. Frustrate those who do not want this election to hold by coming out in very large numbers. That is the best antidote to their plans. 

May God bless you and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

Kings UBA is a Nigerian journalist and writer. I have reported for major local and international news organisations. I write satire. In 2017, I started contributing stories primarily to Discover Africa News Network. I can be reached on I currently manage Discover Africa News social media handles