Mixed reactions trailed the postponement of the February general polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to March and April in Sokoto State.
A cross section of the people interviewed by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) voiced their support and opposition to the shift in the dates of the polls.
Alhaji Ibrahmi Gidado, the Deputy Coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo Campaign Organisation in Sokoto State, said “the postponement is in order as it will allow more Nigerians to collect their PVCs.
“What is worth doing, is worth doing well,” Gidado, a former Information Commissioner in the state added.
The Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu, said even though the PDP in Sokoto State was ready for the elections “we cannot go against the decision if there is no security in some parts of the country.
“The decision is in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians; Nobody can conduct general elections if the security of lives and property are under threat.’’
The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) in the state, Mr Steve Nwoke, also welcomed the shift in the dates of the polls.
He said “the shift will enable more Nigerians to collect their PVCs and INEC.
However, Alhaji Usman Danmaddin-Isa, the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in Sokoto State, kicked against the postponement of the polls.
He said “we are unhappy about the postponement of the February general elections because the party in Sokoto State is ready for the elections.
“However, we want to call on Nigerians to be law abiding and shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unity of Nigeria.