Atiku cautions INEC on safety of election materials
Former Nigeria vice president and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the safety and security of sensitive election materials particularly within the period of the postponement.
INEC postponed the general elections a few hours to the commencement. The elections scheduled to commence Saturday, February 16 with the presidential and National Assembly elections, will be held February 23. Governorship and state houses of assembly elections will take place on March 9.
Atiku, who spoke with journalists in Yola, Adamawa State, described the postponement as a shocking disaster.
He, however, said he was not discouraged by the postponement of the elections and enjoined Nigerians to exercise patience February 23- date of the election.
He disclosed that the PDP has scheduled an emergency meeting in Abuja to review the situation.
He stated that PDP stakeholders would at the end of the meeting scheduled for Saturday afternoon, device a strategy to combat potential threat against the electoral process and democracy.
Also, chairman of the Adamawa chapter of the PDP, Tahir Shehu, said that the postponement of the elections would not discourage Nigerians from electing Atiku Abubakar as the next President.
Shehu said the postponement has cast a dark shadow in the entire electoral process.
He warned security agencies against taking actions that could worsen the security situation in the country. Shehu said he was confident that Nigerians would defend their votes.
“The security agencies should know that Nigerians are now fully charged against any rigging. We are already having serious security situation in the form of Boko Haram,” Shehu said.
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