Live Updates: Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, govs hold APC national caucus meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has questions to answer over the postponement of the general election.
The President made this known while reacting to the issue of postponement of elections barely six hours to the exercise during the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting on Monday, noting that INEC had all the resources it needed to carry out its duties.
“I have to leave my constituency and come to Abuja immediately because I was told of the decision of INEC about 4:30 in the morning,” he said.
“I told them in my statement at the airport that INEC had all the time and all the resources they wanted and then they have to wait for only six hours to cast the votes to tell us that it is not possible. Definitely, the reasons why such incompetence manifest itself has to be explained to the nation.”
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections as he said that those caught doing that will pay with his or her live.
Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will engage in.
President Buhari disclosed that he has ordered security agents to deal ruthlessly with party thugs that try to snatched ballot boxes.
Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.
The President urged party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units.
He said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.
Buhari further said he was told about the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to postpone the last Saturday election at quarter to 5 in the morning of the elections.
He said that INEC had all the time and resources, didn’t have to wait six hours to the elections to announced postponement.
“Definitely, INEC must explain to Nigerians what happened, the constitution and the law protects INEC but they must not take us for granted.
“If we had failed to provide all what INEC wanted, then we would have been held responsible “So at least after the elections we will have to go into details to find out what happened,” he said.
Adams Oshiomhole has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The APC National Chairman, who spoke extensively during the party’s caucus meeting, insisted that PDP was pre-informed by INEC, before the postponement of the general elections.
He said that INEC told PDP not to spend its money, following its planned postponement. Oshiomhole, angrily averred that APC has spent so much in preparing for the elections and demanded that INEC should apologize to Nigerians, particularly APC voters who traveled far and near to cast their votes.
The chairman opined that they would write to INEC to discuss issues on how to make the postponed elections, free, fair and credible.
His words, “We want INEC to assure us that the elections would be free, fair and credible. “They need to speak to us about the reconfiguration of card readers”.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Leader Bola Tinubu and some governors are currently attending the national caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress.
“The meeting is being held to discuss critical issues affecting the party, including the postponement of the general elections by one week,” says the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those in attendance included the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; APC members of the National Assembly, APC governors from Lagos, Niger, Zamfara, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Borno, Bauchi and Kaduna states.
But the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.