The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has reacted to the postponement by a week the 2019 General Elections with a call on the people of the state to remain calm and get prepared to exercise their civic responsibility on the new dates.
Speaking with Government House Reporters in his countryhome, Owo, Governor Akeredolu said the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was painful moreso that the announcement came to Nigerians late but must be taken with calmness and renewed determination to turnout better for the elections on the new dates.
He said: “We have suffered a lot of inconveniences, let us turn it to weekend of rest particularly with our family” .
While regretting that citizens were already set to have the elections held on the earlier dates, Arakunrin Akeredolu however said the electoral body must have been overwhelmed by unforeseen circumstances such as its inability to deliver electoral materials to all the needed places and replacement of damaged essentials materials and equipment in its offices burnt in parts of the country.
It is not an election that can be staggered, It is a national election, it has to be held on one day.
“If they are areas where all needed election materials are not available, INEC has no option than to postpone until it is sure the materials are there”, he said.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said he had no reason to doubt the electoral body on its reason to shift forward the dates of the elections which it announced after it had carefully reviewed the implementation of its logistics and operational plans for the elections but urged the people to get prepared to troop out en-masse next week to exercise their franchise.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu had said in Abuja earlier this morning that the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold today would now hold next Saturday while the Governorship, States’ House of Assembly and Area Councils elections for FCT, Abuja have been shifted to March 9.