Why we won’t postpone Edo election despite Police, SSS’ warning — INEC

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission has explained why it is brushing aside security advisory from the police and State Security Service, to continue with Saturday’s Edo governorship election.

The commission said it would not be “teleguided” and “would not do anything that would mortgage Nigeria’s democracy”.

It said the cost of demobilising, after reaching at least 97 per cent readiness level, would be immense.

The police and the SSS had released a joint statement on Wednesday seeking postponement of the election for security concerns.

“The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services wish to inform the general public that credible intelligence availed the agencies indicate plans by insurgent/extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September, 2016. Edo State, is amongst the States being earmarked for these planned attacks by the extremist elements,” said the Police and the SSS through a statement by their respective spokespersons, Don Awunah and Garba Abdullahi.

“It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats.”

But the electoral body said after carefully weighing all the consequences and parameters of postponing the election, it chose to go ahead.

Addressing journalists at the Edo State office of the Commission Thursday afternoon, the National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity Committee of INEC, Solomon Soyebi, said the Commission had reached not less than 97 per cent level of preparation for the conduct of the election.

Mr. Soyebi stressed that the Commission would not be teleguided and that it would not do anything that would mortgage Nigeria’s democracy.

He emphasized that the Commission considered the implications of demobilizing and arrived at the fact that it was more expensive to do so.

The Edo election is expected to be strongly fought between the candidate of the incumbent governing All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, and his PDP challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The Peoples Democratic Party condemned the request for postponement, saying it was bizzare and shocking.

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  • ladi

    Shame on those that turns everything to politics. This govt is more sincere Dan D govt of those who talks without thinking. Cancel or not,it has nothing to do wth politics.

    • Peters Merchant.

      Stop deceiving yourself.

      • Profy

        Will Jona allow dis to happen

    • Olori Magege

      Not so. Tomorrow election can be cancelled for any reason if this cancellation had gone thru. INEC decision saved democracy

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    INEC scheduled of Edo State gubernatorial poll must not be changed as INEC election schedules must be respected by all political parties participating in the poll.INEC is neutral and its election schedules must be observed by all politicians.

  • Clairvoyance

    I thought they were under pressure to postpone the election since the rumoured attacks is on the 12th and 13th that’s two days after elections are over so if there was any threat it couldn’t have affected the election.

  • Profy

    Can ur god Jona do this. I recalled how Jona postponed presidential election.

    • vagabonds in power

      Which of the state elections did Jonathan postpone-name them or forever shut up—————He held elections in Edo—Ekiti—Osun state respectively without any Senatorial district having her elections postponed for one second -Unlike now where the elections in Rivers is a ding dong affairs–come tomorrow—-no next week—-ANIMALS

      • Profy

        See this mugu. R u blind. Can’t u read. Did I mention state election in my post. That’s why some of u can think properly. A man that can postponed presidential election which affect the whole country and here u r talking of a state. Even the state election u r referring to… Buhari did not interfere bcos if he does that election will not hold on Saturday and nothing will happen. Very soon all of u will have ur brain back. Is just a matter of months. U will all eat ur words and Shame will follow.

        • vagabonds in power

          The Chairman of INEC Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who pocketed N850 million meant to buy chairs and desks for school children in the North through UBEC, is not the type of person to reject monetary reward from the Apes in APC, to enable him shift the date of the election to a more appropriate period to enable them Apes in APC in Edo state, stuff the ballot boxes with voters card-imported via Niger Republic to rig the elections in favour of the Apes in APC in Benin City.

          In spite of his successors in UBEC, reportedly launching an investigations into the whereabouts of the money which a Federal High Court in June 2011 ordered to be paid into an interest yielding account. Their efforts have so far drawn blank—-all these years.

          Upon their “redeployments” on September 3, 2007, Modibbo and Yakubu cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the scheme–Is that the type of person to be trusted by Nigerian to conduct a free and fair elections in Edo and the country at large–?——————-

  • vagabonds in power

    INEC Manipulating PVCs to Favour Buhari, – Balarabe Musa.

    A political interest organization, Credible Alternative Alliance (CAA) led by former Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is tilting the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to favour areas believed to be strongholds of All Progressives Congress’ candidate, General Muhammed Buhari.

    The group presented a statistical analysis of the distribution of PVCs which showed the number of registered voters yet to collect their PVCs in various zones.

    According to CAA, South-East has (3,287, 530) , South West (7,411,205), South-South (3,844,370) , North-East (2,429,763), North West (4,835,556), North Central (3,907,849) and FCT(421,559).

    On the distribution of PVCs, CAA said it has observed “a criminal gross disparity of voter spread designed to tilt the election to a pre-determined outcome.

    The group insists that all the 68.8 million registered voters must be given unfettered access to freely collect their PVCs and cast their vote as provided for in the constitution, adding that it would be forced to take INEC to court if that condition was not met.

    “Let us call a spade, a spade. There are two main contenders for the Presidency in this election. The analyzed data above depicts a worrying trend. Voters in the zones that tend to support President Goodluck Jonathan are massively disenfranchised by the application of the so-called PVCs debacle, 40% to 50% of voters in the these regions who are lawfully and duly registered to vote will be denied their right to vote by INEC.

  • Dog named Bingo Buhari

    APC is falling down falling down my dear lady Aisha of Halliburton–FAME——————————TRA LALA LA LA LAAAAAAA-