The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly reacted to the postponement of the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Vanguard reports that Obi's reaction to the postponement came as a surprise to many as he exhibited placidness and pleaded with Nigerians to remain patient.
The newspaper states that Obi who attended morning mass, advised PDP supporters to be calm, adding that God's will is supreme at all times.
Valentine Obienyem, Obi’s special adviser on media, who visited his principal in his country home, Agulu, quoted the former governor as saying: “Val nothing has changed about my belief that God’s will is supreme at all times.”
Obi's media aide, on his own, said he was shocked on hearing about the postponement but said his boss, the PDP vice presidential candidate remained calm and asked all his supporter to be patient.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through its chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, announced the postponement of the 2019 elections in the early hours of Saturday, February 16.
The presidential and national assembly elections was shifted from Saturday, February 16 to Saturday, February 23 while governorship and state house was postponed to March 9.
The INEC boss said that the rescheduled elections would give the commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of the elections.
“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 conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.
“Consequently, the Commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday, 23rd February 2019.
“Furthermore, the Governorship, State House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections is rescheduled to Saturday 9th March 2019. This will afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections," the INEC boss said at a press briefing morning held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
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