Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council Anambra office and the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), for Aguata one state constituency in Anambra state House of Assembly, Engr. Godwin Ezeno, have reacted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) decision to postpone the Presidential/National Assembly and Gubernatorial/House of Assembly Elections to Saturday, February 23, 2019, and Saturday, March 9, 2019, respectively.
The council Pubuliiciity director in the state, Mr. Okoli Akirika, in a press statement in Awka, the Anambra state capital, said the postponement of the election has demonstrated the maniacal incompetence and gross insensitivity of INEC.
He said the manner of burning the INEC materials, the bravado of alleged preparedness to conduct election and the timing of the rescheduling demonstrate that INEC is compromised and uninspiring.
He said that Nigerians were resolute and unflagging that APC has failed and deserved to be voted out. He therefore urged members across the country to remain calm and come out emasse to vote for PDP in all the incoming elections.
Engr. Ezeno in his reaction said the umpire knew why it postponed the election. According to him, he is not happy with the development, but if the election was meant to be rigged by the majority parties contesting for the polls, then INEC should maintain its stand for the interest our democratic sustainability.
This episode is therefore a huge disappointment to us and to our teeming supporters nationwide and around the world, many of whom have come into the country to exercise their franchise, he added.
He called on the electorate to vote out Buhari and Atiku and allow the presidential candidate of YPP Prof. Kinsley Moghalu to address the all round challenges facing the country.
A trader cum plumber, Mr. Olivier Onyibor, condemned what he described as a sign of frustrating over 80 million Nigeria’s youths.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari had failed Nigerian youth for his inability to cooperate fully with INEC by ensuring everything it demanded to conduct free and fair elections as promised during the signing of peace accord agreement.
A nursing mother of six, Mrs Theresa Akpo, who sells pepper, tin tomatoes, garri, among other soup condiments locally called table market at the popular Eke-Awka market within the state capital, said she was disappointed and ashamed to be a Nigerian.
“My husband left home about 11pm on Friday to his oga country home, a distance of 3 hours from the state capital to vote and come back for his taxi driving business on Saturday evening, but to my surprise, the election was shifted which has affected our two time square meal,” she lamented.
She called on INEC to ensure free and fair election on February 23 and March 9 and not to be biased.