Nigerians have expressed anger and disappointment over the rescheduling of the general elections by the management of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

A United States of America based attorney, Mr Stanley Ozuzu, expressed regret that “the rescheduling has brought national and international embarrassment to Nigeria’s corporate image”.

According to Mr Ozuzu, “INEC is supposed to be an Independent body, but I doubt if the Commission’s decision to postpone the elections was not forced down its throat by extraneous outfits or persons.”

While saying that there was no way the Muhammadu Buhari administration can exonerate itself from the ugly development, Ozuzu equally opined that “this has cast serious aspersion on Nigeria’s preparedness for democratic engineering”.

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Answering another question, Mr Ozuzu wondered why INEC chose to inform Nigerians about the rescheduling of the elections when the citizenry were fast asleep.

“Behind what INEC called logistic reasons, is the glaring and palpable degree of incompetence. It is shameful that the Commission did not learn from past mistakes”, Ozuzu said.

Reacting also on phone, from his Amaimo Ikeduru country home, Apostle Ejike Emereonye, lamented that he risked travelling to his village in the early hours of Saturday, to beat the police clampdown on vehicular movement.

“You can imagine how disappointed I was, on learning that the polls have been postponed by INEC, after taking the risk. We are disappointed and frustrated. INEC has a huge burden to explain what happened to it’s supposed logistic arrangements”, Apostle Emereonye said.

For Mr Ikay Ukaegbu, a youth leader in Owerri, “the streets of Owerri municipality are completely deserted and business outfits shutdown, in full compliance with government instructions”.

Ukaegbu equally recalled with grief that all the Unity Colleges and tertiary institutions were ordered to close shop, because of the now botched elections.

“Now that the elections have been postponed by one week, will government extend the forced school holiday by another week? We are really in a fix”, Ukaegbu said.

Nigerians awakened on Saturday to find the presidential election delayed a week until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission called unspecified “challenges.”

A man reads a copy of a newspaper which managed to print the news of the postponement in time, in the morning at a newspaper stand in Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria’s electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday. BEN CURTIS AP PHOTO

The postponement was announced a mere five hours before the polls were to open. The top two political parties in Africa’s largest democracy condemned the last-minute rescheduling.

Some bitter voters in the capital, Abuja, and elsewhere who travelled home to cast their ballots said they could not afford to wait another seven days. They warned that election apathy could follow.

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