By Sadiq Umar – The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, says the sudden postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is a plot by President Muhammadu Buhari to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorates in order to ensure low turnout in the rescheduled polls.
Mr. Abubakar, who was reacting to the news of the postponement of the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday February 16, 2019, however, urged Nigerians to be calm and remain steadfast till the new dates of the postponed elections.
“Knowing that the Nigerian people are determined to reject them, they are desperate and will do anything in their power to avoid their rejection by the Nigerian people,” the PDP candidate said in a statement.
According to Mr. Abubakar, “The Buhari administration has had more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections and the Nigerian people were poised and ready to perform their civic responsibility by voting in the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, 16 February, 2019.
“This postponement is obviously a case of the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. By instigating this postponement, the Buhari administration hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date. Nigerians must frustrate their plans by coming out in even greater numbers on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively.
“Their plan is to provoke the public, hoping for a negative reaction, and then use that as an excuse for further anti-democratic acts.
“As such, I call on all Nigerians to be patient. We have tolerated the maladministration of this government for four years. We can extend our tolerance a few more days and give them our verdict via our votes.
“Maintain the peace and be law abiding. Do not react to this provocation with anger, violence or any action that might be exploited by those who do not want this election to hold. Remain calm. We will overcome this. You can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny.
“Please come out to vote on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively. Frustrate those who do not want this election to hold by coming out in very large numbers. That is the best antidote to their plans,” he further stated.