Opposition parties have described the eleventh hour postponement of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a shift in the day of reckoning for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group, Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), in a statement by its spokesman on Saturday morning, Imo Ugochinyere said the shift in the days of the elections by one week showed the desperacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the election at all cost.
The group, however, saluted the courage by INEC’s chairman, Prof Yakubu Mahmood for shifting the election to avert a national bloodshed.
He said, “In their bid to once again foist an unpopular government on Nigerians, they threw caution to the winds and started setting electoral materials on fire in states that are well known to be strongholds of opposition.
“These acts of sabotage, no doubt, ruined the preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the elections.
“We have raised the alarm many times that agents of the government were working hard to ensure that elections are not held or are declared inconclusive in areas they know that the All Progressives Congress will never win. We have been vindicated.
“We blame the international embarrassment this last minute postponement has caused the nation on the President, the desperate leaders of his party, APC, and the nation’s security agencies who failed woefully in their duties to protect electoral materials and INEC offices from attacks by these enemies of the nation.”
“President Buhari’s judgement day with the people has just been shifted.”
He added that this rescheduling had averted a “national bloodshed because we are aware that APC wanted to proceed with election after compromising distribution and destroying materials in over 15 states.”
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