Ohaneze expresses surprise as INEC postpones election

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Following the postponement of 2019 Nigeria’s Presidential and the National Assembly elections earlier slated for February 16, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has described the postponement as a `rude shock’.

Though, the organisation, said that it would not draw conclusions on the matter yet until after the stakeholders meeting slated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to clarify the circumstances.

The Assistant National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, bared his mind this Saturday in Enugu while reacting to the shift in the dates of the general elections.

The electoral body arising from a meeting of its national commissioners early hours of Saturday announced a shift in the dates of the general elections.

The presidential and NASS elections that were scheduled to hold on February 16 were shifted to 23, while the governorship and state houses of assembly elections that were slated for March 3 were rescheduled for March 9.

Mr Ibegbu said that such uncertainty in the implementation of plans was characteristic of human nature.

“Human activities are filled with uncertainties. Therefore, we will not preempt INEC until they come out to give us the full details of why the elections were shifted,” he said.

However,the Assistant Secretary said that it was regrettable that the elections did not go on as planned.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood seem to have cleared all doubts following his briefing of critical stakeholders on the issues behind the postponement saturday afternoon.

The Umpire in her briefing cited the fire outbreak on her facility in Anambra state destroying Card Readers and demanding re-programming of mopped up Card Readers across the country, and the late arrival of sensitive electoral materials in some states which would have punctured the simultaneous kick-off of election round the country.

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