LAGOS – Afenifere, Pan Yoruba social cultural organization and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) have berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for last Saturday.
Speaking to Daily Independent on Saturday, Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere, said that he wondered if Prof. Mahmood Yakubu knew he was going to conduct elections on Saturday. He also questioned why Yakubu would suddenly turn and tell Nigerians that the elections were being postponed till next week Saturday for some logistics challenges.
He maintained that the electoral body should tender unreserved apology to Nigerians, give the people satisfactory reason to trust that it had capacity to deliver credible, free and fair elections.
Describing INEC’s action as shameful, the elder statesman noted that the excuse given by INEC was not tenable. “It should rather work out ways to make up for the flaw, ensure that it did not portray itself in a manner that would suggest that it was trying to undermine the sovereign will of the people,” he noted.
PANDEF on its part believed that INEC, by postponing the elections, had tarnished its image, integrity and left Nigerians with no other option than to place a question mark on its readiness to conduct free and credible elections.
A press statement made available to Daily Independent on Saturday by General Secretary of the organization, Dr. Alfred Mulade, noted that the action posed a serious question mark on the sincerity, willingness and readiness of INEC to deliver free, fair and credible elections to Nigerians.
“Any attempt by INEC to manipulate the process towards any sinister pre-determined outcome, to suppress and circumvent the sovereign will of the people of Nigeria, will be resisted by Nigerians, with monumental consequences,” Mulade said.
He pointed out that Nigerians would be watching, and INEC on its part must ensure the sanctity of the electoral process, in all its ramifications and parameters.