Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning????. Enjoy!
1.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Saturday announced the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections. According to INEC in the announcement made by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, logistics was the reason behind the decision. INEC shifted the Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections would now hold on March 9.
2. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the postponement of today’s Presidential and National Assembly election, alleges that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has connived with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the strongest opposition in its reaction issued by its National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus, the decision was a deliberate attempt by President Buhari to cling on to power.
3. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his reaction to the postponement of today’s election expressed disappointment, describing the development as unfortunate. Atiku described INEC’s decision as the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. “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,” he said.
4. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has changed his position against the conduct of elections in the South-East. Kanu had order the people in the region to ignore the elections unless the Federal Government agrees to a referendum for the sovereignty of Biafra. “It’s important we notify the world at large and the indefatigable global IPOB family in particular that our supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has called-off the election boycott in Biafra land,” IPOB said.
5. Natasha Akpoti, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the Kogi State Central Senatorial District election, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State of attempt to assassinate her over her ambition to contest the senatorial seat. Natasha in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that the governor’s aide killed two of her supporters and injured many others.