Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the postponement of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Osinbajo, through his spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Twitter, expressed regret over the shifting of the polls.
He added that his principal was in Lagos and President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, ready for the elections when the announcement of the postponement was made.
While describing the postponement as ‘truly disappointing’, Osinbajo said the march to the Next Level continues.
Mr. President was already in Daura in Katsina State and the VP already in Lagos to vote this morning before the postponement just announced by INEC. This is truly disappointing, but the march to the Next Level continues. Nigeria will prevail
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) February 16, 2019
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu ,at the press centre of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, on Friday, February 15, held an emergency meeting and announced in the early hours of Saturday that the polls would not go on as planned due to some challenges encountered by the commission.
The presidential and National Assembly elections, initially scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16th, have been shifted by a week to 23rd of February, while the governorship polls have been moved to 9th of March.
He explained that the decision to postpone the polls followed a careful review of the implementation of the logistics and operational plans put in place for the exercise.