Election delay: President Buhari vows INEC should be investigated after vote
The cause of the 7 days delay of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election should be investigated after the poll takes place on February 23, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.
Buhari, who said this at the All Progressives Congress National Caucus meeting holding in Abuja, said there was a need for the electoral commission to explain its “incompetence”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC announced the election delay in the early hours of Saturday, five hours before polls were due to open.
President Muhammadu Buhari who said INEC must not take Nigerians for granted, also said, “The constitution and laws protected INEC but they must not take us for granted.
“INEC had all the time and the all the resources, they had, they wanted and then to wait only for six hours to cancel the vote? Surely, the reason such incompetence manifested itself has to be explained to the nation.
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“After the election, we have to know what happened and who is responsible.
“Otherwise, our efforts to make sure this system, we voluntarily accept is not making progress.
“What is the use if we accept incompetence?
Speaking on his departure to Abuja on Saturday, President Buhari said he had to break protocols to hasten his travel back to Abuja, after he was told about the postponement of the polls.
“I had to leave my immediate constituency and come back to Abuja immediately because I was told of INEC’s decision at quarter to five in the morning.
“The way, security and other protocol mobilise people ahead and leave them behind, when I’m moving, all the same, I had to tell them, I’m leaving and I left.”