Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers

He stressed that postponing the elections was a hard decision, but was necessary for successful delivery of the elections and to consolidate on Nigeria's democracy.

"We call on all Nigerians to remain calm and support the electoral process", said a statement from EU, UN and African Union representatives. "So, we are ready for February 23".

Election officials cited "logistical" reasons for the postponement.

The APC chairman also accused INEC of leaking its plan to postpone the presidential elections to the PDP. "I think INEC deserves to make explanation to us, not because we a are a governing party but because we are a major player", the APC chairman added. Both Buhari's All Progressives Congress and Abubakar's People's Democratic Party condemned the delay.

"This decision by INEC is a grand plot to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari presidency the space to ideal their rigging plans, which have been resisted by Nigerians to this point".

"Any of them who loses Should respect the Creator of Nigeria and the World and should disrespect himself and his views and those influencing him". A party spokesperson in Delta state in the restive south said the commission "has destroyed the soul of Nigeria with this act".

PDP chairman Uche Secondus said the postponement was "dangerous to our democracy".

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In many cases they reacted with disappointment, frustration and anger.

"I am deeply disappointed. Their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past U.S. elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and European Union and many other serious challenges they face". If you have a garden and you don't nourish with water, the grass will remain dormant; we don't want our party to remain dormant. "I spent my morning, my time, my energy for the elections so actually I am not happy", he said.

So why was voting postponed?

The electoral commissioner blamed "very trying circumstances" including bad weather and apparent arson attacks at three election offices as he explained his decision to delay polling by a week, announced shortly before 3am on Saturday.

Mr Yakubu later said the postponement was caused by delays in transporting electoral materials.

INEC has also come under similar pressure as four years ago because of concerns about the distribution of biometric identity cards to the 84 million registered voters.

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