Many Nigerians were still asleep when the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, went on National TV to make the shocking announcement of the postponement of the February 16th and March 2nd elections, just a few hours before the opening of the polls.
The Presidential, Senate and House of Representatives polls earlier slated to hold on the 16th of February have been shifted to February 23 while elections for governorship and states houses of assembly have been shifted to March 9 from March 2.
The INEC chairman attributed the postponement mainly to logistical challenges faced by the commission in deploying human and material resources to some states for the conduct of the elections. He cited bad weather and serious violence as major causes of the logistical challenges.
Cases of serious violent disruptions were recorded at INEC’s offices in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State, Qu’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State and Awka in Anambra State, occasioned by fire, which saw the destruction of thousands of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). Cases involving the stealing of ballots, smart card readers, and other election materials were also recorded
After the postponement, major opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), came out to blame the incumbent party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as sponsors of the acts of violence against the INEC in order to sabotage and influence the elections to their favour.
The accusation is from a party that has for a long time coming been synonymously linked to violence and corruption before being evicted from power by the APC, solely by virtue of votes cast by Nigerians who got tired of the unending tricks and lies of the PDP over the years and could no longer withstand their violent and corrupt practices.
On careful analysis, PDP’s accusation carries no weight and is totally dismissible because it is quite illogical that the APC which did not resort to violence back in 2015 in order to win the elections would do so in order to win this time around.
With this cheap and baseless accusation levelled against the APC, it is obviously evident that the PDP is desperate to get back into power at all costs and by any means necessary.
Who knows whether the PDP is actually the party guilty of sponsoring disruptive acts towards the INEC with the aim of sabotaging and influencing the elections to their own favour?
Nigerians should be weary of PDP’s dirty tactics now more than ever ahead of the polls which have been rescheduled to hold on the 23rd of February and the 2nd of March, and should also be careful not to make the mistake of voting them back into power. Here are valid are reasons why.
Voting the PDP back into power would basically mean Nigerians are giving their consent to PDP to draw Nigeria backwards, instead of forward as the APC has been doing in the past four years under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP would no doubt only make futile all the successful efforts expended by APC’s Buhari at fighting corruption and poverty since his ascension into power in 2015, and disrupt all the positive changes implemented in the country so far.
Moreover, It is no longer news that APC’s Buhari has been recovering all the funds stolen all the time PDP was in power. It is also no longer news that Buhari’s acts have not been sitting well with the PDP. If care is not taken, voting them back in would only grant them the perfect opportunity to steal back all the funds buhari has spent quality time and effort to recover for the purpose of reviving Nigeria’s economy.
The 2019 presidential election is a choice between going back and moving forward to the next level and also a choice of whom Nigerians can trust with their money.
According to statistics, the APC-Buhari led administration has done more in three years with less money than the PDP with all the monies that accrued to the nation in 16 years.
Four years are not enough to fix PDP’s many years of damage to Nigeria, and sure aren’t enough for Nigerians to fully feel the effects of Buhari’s positive change. Four more years are therefore not too much to ask to consolidate and fully circulate the positive change that has been initiated for the long term benefit of Nigerians.
Nigerians must reject the PDP come the Presidential and National Assembly elections on the 23rd of February, 2019 and make the right choice for the forward advancement of Nigeria, and that right choice is President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
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