With the last minute postponement of the general elections on Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, must explain its incompetence after the polls, stressing that the commission has questions to answer.
Newsworth recalls that barely six hours to the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced postponement of the exercise, blaming this on logistics issues.
Reacting during the All Progressives Congress, APC, national caucus meeting in Abuja, Buhari said, “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.
“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 casting 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.
“After the elections we have to know exactly what happened and who is responsible. Otherwise our efforts to make sure this system we voluntarily accept is not making progress, what is the use if we accept incompetence? The constitutions and the laws protected INEC but they must not take us for granted. If for example the national assembly refused to approve what INEC wanted, then INEC could have some other reasons why they couldn’t perform.
“If the time constitutionally of election four years after was not obeyed by the government in the system, INEC will have a case. But we do not understand why, and we have to go into details after the elections to find out who is responsible.”
The President went on to state that he does not have to rig before winning his re-election because he campaigned in all parts of the country and he can boast of enough support from Nigerians.
His words, “I’m not afraid. I went round the 36 states and the FCT and I think I have enough support across the country to vote for me.”