Nigerian election postponed hours before polls due to open


Nigeria postpones national elections at the last minute

"The basis for the claims made by CUPP is that President Buhari, like every other Nigerian, expressed misgivings about the election shift".

Election officials cited "logistical" reasons for the 11th-hour postponement.

The meeting is coming after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the earlier scheduled February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections. We are only urging INEC not to collude with the PDP on this.

This follows the insistence of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to resume campaign.

But he, however, assured Nigerians that it would not affect the credibility of the electoral process. Voters have reacted with disappointment and outrage.

Kabiru Sale, 27, who sells oil in the northern city of Kano, said the move took him by surprise. "We spent all night without sleeping, hoping to vote..."

The said statement was jointly signed by the leader of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, former President of Liberia, Johnson Sirleaf, African Union Election Observation Mission leader, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn and Commonwealth Observer Group leader, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete. I had already gone out to cast my vote only to be told on the way about the suspension.

"But shockingly, the APC Senatorial candidate for Zone B of Niger State, Mr. Mohammed Musa, has a contract with INEC to supply key voting materials in an election he is participating in, which is a clear conflict of interest and raises questions of probity and oversight in the issuing of INEC contracts".

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Yet religious tensions remain even in an election that offers no clear sectarian choice, underscoring the pervasive influence of faith in Nigerian politics.

He said the delay came "after a careful review of the implementation of the logistics and operational plans and the determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections".

Nigeria has seen violence in the run-up to the elections and on Saturday 11 people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants south of Maiduguri. The delay slightly raises those fears, said Anku, but the larger concern is a greatly depressed turnout.

But there have been no calls for street protests from the opposition, which is prepared to wait for the polls next Saturday.

Yakubu said the election would now be held on February 23, adding that the date was "sacrosanct" and that campaigning would be suspended until then.

The contest between the two main presidential contenders is expected to be tight.

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Whoever wins will have to address power shortages, corruption, security problems and a sluggish economy.

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