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Cross section of Nigerians especially the political and legal classes have expressed doubts over the possibilities of holding the presidential and National Assembly elections as rescheduled and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on the 23rd of February 2019. 

Cross section of Nigerians especially the political and legal classes have expressed doubts over the possibilities of holding the presidential and National Assembly elections as rescheduled and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on the 23rd of February 2019. 


Speaking to Nigeria Moment in Owerri, yesterday Monday, a legal practitioner, Nelson Umahi Esq said that the electoral umpire has not told the world and Nigerians in particular what transpired that led to the rescheduling of the polls few hours to the commencement of the elections and insisted that the commission was economical with the truth. Describing INEC as habitual liars, Umahi added that INEC goofed by attributing their failure to weather.
According to him, for the fact that NAMA has denied the allusions of INEC, the whole stories from the commission were lies, stressing that INEC is playing with the future and democracy of the nation and on the intelligence of many Nigerians who he claimed know better than the staff of the commission. The legal practitioner furthered that with the untold stories of the challenges confronting Nigeria on the electoral issues, it does appear that the commission was not prepared to carry out their duties due to incompetence, alleging that the elections may as well not hold again.
He posited that the encumbrances surrounding the conduct of a free and credible polls in the present Nigeria have not been rectified and may not be rectified before Saturday to enable the nation go ahead with the polls. Meanwhile, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allegedly colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig election.
Speaking yesterday Monday, February 18, at a crucial caucus meeting organized by the ruling party following the postponement of the February 16 election, the APC chairman alleged that the commission had brought to the knowledge of PDP the poll shift before any other party. Oshiomhole also vowed that the party will write the electoral umpire on the new election schedule and the need to have free, fair and credible elections for the country. He said: “I can put my hands on the Qur'an and swear that INEC and its officials informed the Peoples Democratic Party before postponing the election. The PDP were well acquainted with the plans to move to the elections. “This is why they did not receive the news with shock. They made us look like fools, because we were busy preparing for the elections while they were relaxing.'' The former Edo governor, who also threatened to compel the commission to reshuffle its top officers ahead of the February 23 election, was also reported to have expressed disappointment over the mixed reactions generated by the poll shift. He said: "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." Also speaking at the meeting was President Buhari, who vowed that those who tried to hijack the ballot boxes would be made to face their worst nightmares. The president reportedly said: "I warn those who have planned to disrupt the peaceful elections to desist from their planned actions. Anyone who tries that is doing it at the expense of his own life." The meeting was also attended by APC leaders including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and governors.

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