ELECTION POSTPONEMENT IS INFLUENCE OF EXTERNAL PRESSURE ON INEC TO RIG ELECTION, PDP URGES FAITHFUL TO REMAIN RESOLUTE TO VOTE OUT BUHARI, APC
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Delta State Chapter, view with utmost regret, the shocking postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections earlier scheduled for today, February 16th, 2019, and the Governorship, House of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory elections that should have held on March 2nd, 2019.
According to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), postponing the elections, became necessary “following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan…”
This postponement is shocking to us first, because of the reasons adduced by the Chairman of the INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu citing logistics and operational challenges. We condemn these by INEC as untenable, since the Commission has been given all the financial resources and has had four good years to plan and put in place adequate logistics and fine tuning of its operational plans for the elections.
We say this because, all along there had been insinuations and clear pointing of fingers at furtive moves by elements extraneous to INEC bringing pressure on the electoral body to postpone the election, because the cabal in Aso Rock and the presidency have reasons to believe the situation on ground does not favour President Muhammadu Buhari winning the elections, as a result of the preponderance of the electoral strength weighing heavily against the return of Buhari as president.
Second is that we are shocked by the insensitivity of the electoral body to the implication that it had not worked hard enough at providing sound logistics and operational plans to the stakeholders who have spent huge resources and were set for the elections, but are now made to suffer losses by this postponement.
We condemn this in very strong terms, and warn that INEC must not yield to the pressure of those in the presidency and the APC to rig Buhari and the APC candidates in, as Nigerians are resolute in their rejection of Buhari as president and the APC administration as the federal government.
We urge all PDP leaders, members, and supporters not to despair at this postponement. Rather, we should take it up as a challenge that must be given the required attention and overcome it.
We therefore urge our supporters and members to remain resolute by working to achieve the plan and purpose to ensure that the PDP at all levels win the elections, from the Presidential election of voting in Atiku Abubakar as President, the PDP senators and members of the House of Representatives, to the Governorship by voting massively for Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as our Governor for a second term and all PDP House of Assembly candidates.
Long live PDP!
God Bless Delta State!!
Dr. Ifeanyi M. Osuoza
State Publicity Secretary,
PDP, Delta State.