Nigeria awaits rescheduled polls Sat., ruling party agitated, Buhari promises death to poll fraudsters
There is hope that Nigeria’s presidential election, now rescheduled to hold come Saturday will hold.
Multiple sources from the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have confirmed INEC’s readiness to go on with the polls.
President Muhammadu Buhari who is visibly agitated over the shift in the polls has said he ordered security operatives that anyone who attempts to snatch a ballot box during the polls hould pay with his life.
Ruling party Chairman, Adams Oshiomole suggested the INEC should be reshuffled despite the harm that could do to the electoral schedule.
Few hours to the polls on Saturday, the INEC announced postponement of the elections, citing logistic challenges.
Both the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decried the postponement.
The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said there is no cause for alarm as far as electoral materials are in safe places across the country.
At APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, Buhari said that any attempt to snatch ballot boxes would be the last unlawful act the person will engage in.
Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.
He said that he was told about the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to postpone the last Saturday election at quarter to 5 in the morning of the elections. He said that INEC had all the time and resources, didn’t have to wait six hours to the elections to announced postponement.
“Definitely, INEC must explain to Nigerians what happened, the constitution and the law protects INEC but they must not take us for granted.
“If we had failed to provide all what INEC wanted, then we would have been held responsible “So at least after the elections we will have to go into details to find out what happened,” he said.