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I Will Still Not Forgive INEC For Postponing General Elections, Says Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has described the postponement of 2019 general election as inexcusable negligence of duty, saying he will not forgive the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Oshiomhole said this while reacting to a National Commissioner of INEC, Festus Okoye, who during his presentation at an Electoral Reform Roundtable, said the leadership of the commission was still optimistic as at 5pm of Friday, February 15, that the election on February 16, will still hold.

Recall that INEC announced the postponement of the presidential elections few hours to its commencement.

Oshiomhole, was one of those who had criticised INEC over the postponement and it seems things have not changed as the former labour president has maintained his position against INEC.

“As at 5pm on Friday (February 15), some of the materials you (referring to INEC’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye) needed were still at the airports. How could you have assumed that by some native doctor’s magical something (you could pull it through).

“Obviously you knew it was not in your competence to increase the day beyond 24 hours. So, obviously you knew and you cannot be pardoned for that. And I refuse to forgive you on that because you knew it and you made us incur costs that were avoidable and you subjected us to severe shocks.

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“I don’t think you can defend that. It was gross, inexcusable negligence of duty and crass incompetence on the part of INEC. There is no need to wish it away,” he said.

He further quoted the former INEC chairman Professor Attahiru Jega who said the postponement was still better than the commission giving the country a shabby electoral process.


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