Nigeria’s Election Postponement : Sign Of Fear And Display Of Monumental Incompetence

The Oasis Reporters

February 16, 2019

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman postpones election. Strategic move, or display of incompetence ?

As a anti climax to the expectations of exercising their franchise to vote as a referendum on the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC party. today, Nigerians woke up this morning to an announcement that the Presidential and National Assembly elections have been postponed till February 23.

This sudden move has demonstrated the unseriousness of much of Nigeria’s expensive but grossly inefficient public service, especially the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, often derided as the Inconclusive National Electoral Commission. Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the man handpicked from the president’s home northern region to head the INEC has served in the last three and half years with a monumental lack of distinction. Almost all the elections conducted under him have been inconclusive and remain subject to numerous court cases all over Nigeria.

Former Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete as head of the Commonwealth Observer Team in the Nigerian Election with Mahmood Yakubu, head of INEC. Foreign Observers plans thrown into jeopardy.

This sudden move has thrown the plans of Foreign Election Observers into jeopardy as their schedules have been altered by this sudden and unexpected move by the electoral commission.

INEC ad-hoc staff who are mostly Nigeria’s youth corpers have been sleeping rough in makeshift buses and in market places despite the billion of naira allocated to them to take care of personnel. Now the sudden postponement has thrown them into further jeopardy.

The People’s Democratic Party chairman, Uche Secondus has rejected the sudden postponement of the elections while the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar saw it as a one week adjournment towards throwing out the incumbent President, whose performance in office is often seen as mediocre.

Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment over the postponement, and they see it as a fear of defeat, or a strategic move to catch people off guard and perfect some magic towards rigging the ballot.

This sudden move has definitely rubbed in the fact that Professor Mahmood Yakubu is heading a tardy organization, and people wonder when the nation would get it right in planning.

However, some Nigerians believe that this is a sign of fear and anxiety on the part of the government and many more Nigerian voters are determined to throw the government out in the election to express their disappointment.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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