As it has been widely rumoured in the past one week, Nigeria electoral umpire, INEC, had come out about an hour ago to say that due to present circumstances beyond its control,it will be postponing Nigeria election by few weeks.
The permutations had been ongoing which culminated into series of meetings between the electoral umpire and Political Parties in Nigeria in one hand, where it was gathered that 15 Political Parties did ask for election postponement because they felt many would be disenfranchised if the elections go ahead. The reason given by these Political Parties is that many people had not collected their new voters’ cards. A claim INEC had rebuffed claiming it has distributed up to 85% in many of the States in Nigeria.
According to reports, many civil society groups which INEC met with later were against any postponement as It can affect election and breach constitutional laid down procedures. Prof Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the commission while addressing the press after several closed door meeting claimed that all the security Agencies had formally written his commission that they would not be available to provide security if the election goes on as schedule given the fact that ‘they had planned to launch an onslaught against the dreaded militant sect, Boko Haram’ from that February 14 when election is supposed to begin.
The reports also claimed it will take the security agencies about six weeks to complete this task. One major question is why would the Security agencies wait till now to begin that onslaught? A monitored opinion from all the news outlets which include social media were not in support of this latest development. The opposition Party through its SpokeSpersons, Lai Mohammed, had already has for calm and to be ready to go to one instead of causing mayhem when INEC is ready.