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President Buhari speaks on the postponed 2019 general elections

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In reaction to the untimely shifting of the general election dates in Nigeria by INEC, the President of Nigeria, Buhari expresses disappointment.

He pointed out the fact that INEC under his administration under disappointed the whole world.

Securing electoral materials is one the steps taken towards a successful election. Taking care of ad-hoc staffs, NYSC members, is part of the planning process.

But INEC under Mahmood Yakubu, failed on these few listed above.

President Buhari speaks on the postponed 2019 general elections

Writing his regrets on social media, he wrote this.

“I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.
Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.
INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.

This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.

We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.

While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire & the sanctity of the electoral process & ballot, I urge all political stakeholders & Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.
I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.
I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.

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