- INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, says only an act of God can stop the postponed elections from taking place on Saturday, February 23
- Yakubu said the electoral commission had put in place everything possible to ensure the elections hold on Saturday
- The INEC boss said the commission was committed to surpassing the achievement of previous elections in the country
Prof Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says “only an act of God" can stop the conduct of the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections slated for Saturday, February 23.
The INEC chairman stated this in Abuja while addressing a cross section of the diplomatic community and international election monitoring groups in Nigeria for the 2019 elections, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the briefing which was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with INEC, is aimed at engaging with friends and partners of Nigeria on the rescheduled election.
Yakubu, who was represented by an INEC national commissioner, Dr Mustapha Lecky, said that the commission had put in place everything possible to ensure the elections hold on Saturday.
The INEC boss said that the commission had no reason to feel that anything would stop the conduct of the election on February 23.
He said the commission has developed a six-point agenda of what needed to be done to ensure success of the election
He also said that the commission has completed the deployment of materials.
“We believe that as a prayerful nation, the act of God has been assuaged and that things will go right. We have no reason to feel that anything will go wrong.
“We have received all the materials; they have been checked, audited. People have been informed, party agents have gone there to check,” he said.
The official said that INEC had already taken responsibility for the postponement and that the body was committed to surpassing the achievement of previous elections in the country.
He blamed the postponement on logistics and problems associated with the primaries of some political parties, which according to him delayed the printing of ballot papers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Prof Mahmood Yakubu said no third parties were involved in the configuration of card readers, as being speculated by some politicians.
The INEC chairman said this on Tuesday, February 19, while responding to questions during a press briefing in Abuja.
He said the dispatching, white-listing, installation, upgrading of software and configuration of smart card readers were done entirely by officials of the commission.
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