Election postponement: Nigerians must keep faith with INEC - Catholic bishop

Election postponement: Nigerians must keep faith with INEC - Catholic bishop

- Nigerians have been called upon to adjust to the inconveniences that the shift in the dates for the conduct of the general elections would cause them

- The call was made by Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka

- According to the bishop, Nigerians should stop the blame game because the Independent National Electoral Commission has given its reason for postponing the election

Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, has called on Nigerians to adjust to the inconveniences that the shift in the dates for the conduct of the general elections would cause them.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bishop implored them to work toward participating in the elections on the new dates.

Legit.ng gathers that Bishop Ezeokafor said this at a news conference in Awka on Sunday, February 17.

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He said people should stop dwelling on blame game but support INEC to achieve free, fair and credible elections.

The bishop said Nigerians should stop the blame game because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given its reason for postponing the elections. He said Nigerians should support the commission to succeed.

He said: “The process is being handled by human beings and there are bound to be errors, so we should stop mourning our fate.

“Nigerians must keep faith with INEC because that is the only body that can create the platform for us to choose our leaders."

Ezeokafor who said it was unusual for him to be at his residence on a Sunday, said all efforts should be geared toward convincing the people to maintain their zeal to take part in the election no matter the cost.

He cautioned those calling for the resignation of INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, adding that the commission must have acted in the best interest of Nigeria and the democratic process.

Ezeokafor said: “The decision must have been informed by high sense of patriotism on the part of INEC; staggered election comes with so much consequences including manipulation.

“There is no need calling for the head of the INEC chairman, he has demonstrated that he means well for Nigerians and only he can deliver that task at this stage.

“We should stop counting the cost because it is huge, rather we should maintain our zeal to vote for any person we want no matter the sacrifice we have to make.

“Part of the sacrifice is that I am in my house today just like I was yesterday. I have to put major activities in the diocese on hold, the seminary students have all gone home. But we will not consider all that, until we achieve the purpose."

Ezeokafor also advised the electorate to shun vote buying and other electoral vices as it was not only an offence but a sin against the society and God.

The presidential and governorship elections originally scheduled for February 16 and March 2 were postponed to February 23 and March 9, respectively by INEC.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, urged Nigerians to remain committed and not allow the election postponement deter them from exercising their rights on February 23.

Tinubu made the call in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos by his media officer, Tunde Rahman.

Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for February 16 were shifted till February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, hours to the commencement of the polls.

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