Nigeria election 2019: Who benefits from poll delay?

Excitement as Osinbajo walks in Ilorin

Excitement as Osinbajo walks in Ilorin

Last Saturday, just hours before the polls were to open, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a one-week postponement, triggering widespread anger. We must believe and encourage INEC to fulfil and honour this responsibility it owes to our country.

"Many were anxious and thought the worst might happen".

"You will be able to vote in an atmosphere of openness and peace, devoid of fear from threat or intimidation".

Dismissing the rumours of violence and unrest making the rounds, President Buhari gave the assurance that security agencies have worked diligently to ensure that adequate measures are in place to check breakdown of law and order.

Lauding the domestic monitors and observers for their contributions to Nigeria's democracy, the President also thanked the worldwide groups for their friendship and concern for the nation.

Speaking on security, peace and safety during the polls, the President assured both local and global observers that there would be adequate security.

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"I urge all Nigerian voters to fearless the challenges and ensure they cast their votes", said the 76-year-old, who is campaigning on an anti-corruption and security platform. However much your people loved me, they would have voted for their own first.

He also expressed gratitude to domestic monitors and observers for their contributions to Nigeria's democracy.

"The President strongly affirms the oath he took before the Nigerian people to faithfully defend the Constitution of Nigeria", read the statement which Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, issued on behalf of Buhari.

According to the President, "no matter the political leanings, every citizen believe in Nigeria, in the noble principles for which it stands and in the values that people strive for the beloved nation to uphold".

"So, we will humbly thank Nigerians for given us their votes for another four years to build on what we have done".

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