At the moment, it is no longer news that the highly anticipated presidential election scheduled to hold today, Feb. 16, 2019 was postponed.
The shocking thing about this postponement is that it came unexpectedly on election day, leaving many Nigerians who travelled to vote stranded, with movement and businesses on lock down.
Practically the entire country was grounded in anticipation of the presidential election
Recall that Happenings reported the election postponement in January, as revealed by a reliable source.
On the heels of the election postponement, the Commander- in-chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has released a press statement on the matter via his verified Facebook page.
President Muhammadu Buhari was full of apology to Nigerians for the postponement of the presidential election.
Furthermore, he called on Nigerians to remain calm at the blatant disregard by INEC in its unexpected postponement. He went on to reaffirm his commitment to election neutrality and the sanctity of the electoral process.
See the press statement from the President about the election postponement:
I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.
Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.
INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.
This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.
We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.
While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.
I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.
I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.
Daura, February 16, 2019
What are your thoughts about the unexpected election postponement by INEC?