Nigerian Christians on social media and on the streets of Nigeria have criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponement of the general elections after waking up to a Nigeria election news that shocked Nigerians home and abroad.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, while briefing newsmen at the commission’s headquarters, announced that continuing with the election as earlier scheduled for today, 16th February, 2019, was no longer feasible.
The commission stated logistics and operational plans as reasons for postponement of 2019 Nigeria elections after a careful review of its implementation and the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, noting that both elections would be shifted by a week each.
The presidential and National Assembly elections will now hold on February 23 while state elections will hold on March 9 after a lengthy meeting which lasted for about 6 hours with 12 other INEC National Commissioners.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari seeking re-election under the platform were not saved from this criticism. As the main opposition candidate, Atiku also said the postponement was a ploy by the Buhari administration to ensure that turnout of voters becomes very low on the rescheduled date in order for his party to rig the poll.
The Gospel Arena urges Nigerians not to feel disenfranchised by the Nigeria election news and reminds us of the role we play as Christians in Politics, furthermore encourages Nigerians home and abroad to turn out in their numbers to vote come next week for their preferred candidate, a candidate that will not only take Nigeria to greater heights, but a man who will do the will of God. #NigeriaDecides2019