Nigeria's aviation minister, Captain Hadi Sirika has dismissed claims made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, saying bad weather prevented movement of election materials on the eve of the postponed elections.
Professor Yakubu had while addressing stakeholders on Saturday, February 16 in Abuja, stated that some election materials could not be transported by air due to bad weather.
Professor Yakubu also gave several other reasons during the interactive session where party leaders, observers, journalists, civil society organisations and security agencies were present.
Responding to the INEC chairman's claim on bad weather, Captain Sirika noted that it was false via his Twitter handle.
According to him, weather was good for flight operations on the eve of elections, adding that all airports were directed to open 24 hours during the election period.
His words: “INEC should say something else as weather was good for flight operations on eve of elections, similarly all airports were directed to open 24 hours during the election period!!!”
Meanwhile, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and its partners have expressed disappointment over the postponement of the 2019 general elections, saying the decision of INEC has socio-economic and political consequences for all stakeholders.
This was the position of the group at a press briefing on Saturday, February 16 in Abuja, even as it urged Nigerians not to be discouraged but to come out en masse on 23rd February and 9th March 2019 to exercise their civic rights.
WANEP also called on the international community, partners and domestic observers not to be deterred or lose faith in Nigeria's electoral process, urging them to remain resolute in their support to ensure peaceful and credible elections.
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