Hours to kickoff, Nigeria’s election umpire announced that owing to logistics and operational challenges, it has had no choice but to reschedule the general elections earlier fixed for February 16 and March 2.
The new announced dates are 23 February and March 9.
Most Nigerians feel it is an unfair resolution, given all that have been invested towards making the elections a success and how they have also prepared to exercise their civic rights. They also wonder why the decision was taken only hours to the when polling units were to open for accreditation and voting
“So I woke up to go cast my vote at Sunnyvale, on getting there I heard there’s no election. A day to election, nothing surprises me in Nigeria again,” one disappointed Nigerian said.
The news set social media buzzing with trending hashtags: #ThisIsNigeria, #CoupAgainstNigeria, #CorpersNotSlave and #Canada amongst others.
“This is Nigeria, where elections are postponed on election day!” one Shekwo Laluye tweeted.
Another displeased citizen said: Some people used their hard earned money to travel down to their respective voting locations, now that election got postponed,will there be provisions for them against next week or they’re still expected to waste their money?”
While the angry reactions poured out, some believe the INEC did its best all things considered.
“It’s the toughest job in the world for the INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu. Do cut him some slacks. Rather, blame politicians staring at defeat whose thugs have been burning INEC’s offices and stealing ballot boxes,” says Imhons Erons