- Honourable Ahmed Wadada has reacted to the postponement of the 2019 elections by INEC
- Wadada, former member, House of Representatives, said the reasons tendered by the commission for postponement of the polls are not persuading
- According to him, the reasons are not attributed to security challenge, political intervention or financial hiccups
A former member, House of Representatives, Ahmed Wadada, said the reasons tendered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections are not convincing.
Wadada, who is the chairman, Nasarawa state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign directorate, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, February 17, in Keffi.
The former lawmaker noted that the INEC chairman repeatedly promised Nigerians that there would be no postponement of elections.
“INEC, as an election management body empowered by the law has been on ground for years and has four-year intervals to prepare and conduct elections. I think it is most unacceptable for us to be taken off-guard barely 24 hours to the elections.
“The INEC chairman did not attribute reasons for the postponement of election to security challenge, political intervention or financial hiccups.
“For me, I am not convinced by any of the reasons tendered by the INEC boss. The elections shift is most unfortunate, most sad and really discouraging.
“But as stakeholders, we will do everything possible to contend with the disappointment and sad development.
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“And as Nigerians who are not only committed to democracy but also committed to the growth and development of democratic values, we have no choice than to accept the postponement and remain focussed and united to achieve what we want.”
The former chairman, House Committee on Information and National Orientation urged INEC to “wake up to its responsibilities and discharge its mandate diligently”.
He also called on supporters of the party to remain focussed and not to be discouraged by the postponement.
Wadada said: “As far as I am concerned, the postponement will not affect, in any way, the chances of APC to win elections in Nasarawa state and Presidential elections by God’s grace.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, announced the postponement on Saturday, February 16, at a press briefing morning held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The INEC boss said: “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."
In a related development, a former two time House of Representatives member, Aliyu Wadada, declared his interest to emerge as Nasarawa state governor in 2019.
Wadada, who represented Keffi, Kokona, Karu federal constituency between 2003-2011, made the declaration recently after rumours surfaced that he plans to leave the APC for the APGA. He also denied rumours that he intends to run for the Nasarawa west senatorial seat under APGA in the 2019 polls.
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