– Bola Ahmed Tinubu expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision taken by INEC to extend the Presidential Election by one week
– He, however, urged Nigerians to remain focus in their bid to vote
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a political stalwart of the All Progressive Congress in a statement yesterday reacted to the postponed election by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
The former Gov. of Lagos state expressed his disappointment with the electoral body over it recent action.
He made it known that Nigerians were prepared to exercise their franchise.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his statement, however, called on Nigerians not to let the latest decision by INEC deter them from voting on the 23rd of Feb, which is the new date for the Presidential election.
The APC national leader expressed his worries as to why INEC had to wait till the last minutes before it disclosed the obstacle it was facing.
He said, “Do not allow this delay to deter you from the expression of your democratic rights. What you had set your mind to do on February 16, keep your mind and heart on for February 23.
“We are also perplexed that INEC literally waited so late in the day to make known the obstacles preventing it from keeping faith to the election schedule. INEC could have and should have given the nation more ample and earlier warning. This could have perhaps lessened the pervasive disappointment that we all now feel. It also would have helped people better order their steps”.
“As the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and simply as a Nigerian, I must express my profound concern and dissatisfaction with the unexpected, late hour postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections by INEC. According to INEC, the one-week postponement of the election from February 16 to February 23 was compelled by logistical difficulties encountered by the commission in transporting essential election material to polling in various parts of the country.”
Tinubu however added that one-week extension is not overly burdensome when compared to the need for a free and fair election.