New Date Set for Nigeria Election following Shock Delay

New Date Set for Nigeria Election following Shock Delay

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While President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “deeply disappointed” and leading opponent Atiku Abubakar accused his rival of “anti-democratic acts,” Nigeria’s much anticipated election, which was moved to delay, left many people’s disappointed, frustrated and angry after “logistical reasons” were cited in presidential and parliamentary polls – with two main groups, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), both condemning the move and accused each other of trying to manipulate the vote.

As APC party leader, President Buhari, called for “refrain from civil disorder and for voters to remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development,” Abubakar called for calm over the next seven days saying saying: “I’m appealing to Nigerians to please come out and vote and I’m asking them to be patient about it.”

Independent National Electoral Commission chair Mahmood Yakubu, said the decision to delay had “nothing to do with political influence.”

The presidential and parliamentary votes have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 23, whilst the Governorship, state assembly and federal area council elections have been rescheduled until Saturday March 9.

 

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