Nigerians on Saturday expressed disappointment at the electoral body’s postponem
ent of the presidential election few hours to the commencement of voting in the country.
Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), announced the shift
ing of the polls until Feb. 23 at a midnight press conference, saying the scheduled proceeding of the voting was not “feasible.”
“Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan and
the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, the Commission came to the co
nclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible,” Yakubu said.
Likewise, the electoral body postponed gubernatorial elections in the country, earlier slated for March 2, also by one week.
Although Nigerians are used to elections being postponed, the postp
onement of this year’s presidential polls in the country was greeted by criticism.
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council said i
t received with great disappointment and disillusionment the announcement of the postponement of the election by the electoral body.