Why we flip-flopped on Edo Election – INEC

All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and National Chairman, APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and National Chairman, APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has given reasons for retracting its earlier stance to proceed with the Edo State governorship election initially scheduled for Saturday.

Hours after the commission said it would go ahead with the election despite the contrary advice of the Police and the State Security Service, SSS, it retracted saying it had postponed the election by two weeks.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Police and the SSS called on INEC to postpone the election and allow them address threats emanating from insurgents bent on attacking electorates and disrupting the election.

The electoral body initially refused to be “teleguided”. It said suspending the polls would be costly after reaching at least 97 per cent readiness level.

After a series of consultations, the Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC finally gave in to the demands of security agencies. It postponed the election to September 28.

In a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday night, the spokesperson of INEC, Nick Dazang, said the latest decision was based on a better appraisal of the situation by INEC, following explanations from the security agencies.

“It was only as at this evening that we were officially communicated and they explained to us the challenges they had that would affect their capacity to secure the election,” he said.

“Before then, we were hearing just like any other person from the media that they were advising us to postpone. And as a responsible organisation, we did not think there was any way we could proceed on that basis.”

The spokesperson added that the commission’s previous decision to go ahead because it had earlier received reports from the same security operatives during a stake holders forum that there would be sufficient protection of lives and properties during the election.

“Don’t forget that the story started trending that we were advised to postpone the election as we were conducting the stake holders forum in Benin.

“The Police and the SSS were represented there, at the highest level. The DIG operations represented the IG and he was telling the stake holders, at the full glare of reporters, that they would secure the environment for the election.

“That was the reason for the initial stand. Those that gave the assurance were far higher than those who issued the statement. So if the IG is saying one thing and a much lower person is saying another, who should we follow?” he queried.

Mr. Dazang then provided more details of the security agencies claims.

“They explained that going ahead with the election would over stretch them and that giving the situation, it was crucial for them to ensure the protection of voters, as well as our staff.

“You know we are not in a position to secure our staff. And we do not want to put them in harm’s way,” he added.

While the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its officials condemned the postponement, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, did not.

Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate, is slugging it out with Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP in the race to replace incumbent Adams Oshiomhole whose two-term tenure expires this November.

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  • Truth Justice Equity

    While buhari is talking about change ,his government and party are busy sticking to the shameful old ways.
    This is an integrity deficient government,what a big shame.
    I wonder what buhari and his shameless axis of evil party will have to say about this one again. The worst calamity that will ever befall any nation or people is to have a buhari or anything like him as the President or leader of any nation. I feel pained that Nigeria my beautiful nation with good people will have to contend with a national disaster like buhari,Jonathan only sin against God and humanity was to have allowed a congregation of thick darkness and an axis of evil called APC to Budd in Nigeria and to make his sins grievous and unpardonable, he cowardly betrayed Nigeria into their hands.This national tribulations is only 16 months old,and Nigeria had been totally ran down and completely overwhelmed in all sectors. Name them,Efcc,judiciary, party politics, rule of law,human right,economy, security, food security, currency, governance, NASS,national unity ,peace and cohesion. Buhari government is like the ten plagues God sent to Egypt to torment them.may God Almighty give special grace to Nigeria to overcome this buhatsunami ,buhaebola,and buhavolcano.may God preserve our democracy for this remaining 2 years and 7 months of buharis calamitous ineptitude. May God never allow Nigeria to be cursed with this kind of leadership that caused Nigeria to mourn.Edo voters please hold your peace,don’t fall for their evil mischief and satanic rigmarole. the end ,God that delivered Isreal from the evil grip of pharaoh shall deliver you from this axis of evil APC government.

    • Harsh Man

      Huricane Buhari has been predicted to be the worst huricane in the Southern Hemisphere in 100-years…It’s devastation costs nations loss of patriotism and nepotism increased like never before and terrorism rose above 6.7 on the terror scale!

  • Oromilla

    Forget that excuse,This INEC leadership is a complete flip, flop.

  • David

    Inconclusive Elections we expect…

    • Senator D

      Before nko… Wetin you expect?

  • Senator D

    I expect “Inconclusive Elections” marred with irregularities from the maradonna techniques employed by INEC under APC… Edo people unah kpele ooooo…

  • GG

    At what point in Nigeria’s history did Police and Security Agencies start addressing other government agencies through Press Statements?

    Why couldn’t these incompetent people walk with their lazy legs to INEC Office and have a proper discussion with them instead of a dumb press release?

    We really need to start firing people in Nigeria for bad calls. It’s the only way others will learn. Nigerians learn quickly when people get fired from their roles.

    Government take heed

  • Senator D

    Change behind with Buhari… Reduce your good budget to the Presidency. Reduce your presidential keys to three. Reduce your fuel budget for presidency. Reduce your wardrobe budget. Stop medical tourism even for your dogs… Let it start with you Mr Buhari!!!

  • Senator D

    Change begins with Buhari… Reduce your food budget to the Presidency. Reduce your presidential jets to three. Reduce your fuel and garden budget for presidency. Reduce your wardrobe budget. Stop foreign medical tourism even for your dogs and pets… Let it start with you Mr Buhari!!!

    • Observatory

      Senator D:

      A country without any good thinker in public office today cannot move
      forward forever. Thieves occupy public office in Nigeria. A rule of thieves
      destroys a nation. Lies-telling on credentials is the opposite of integrity.
      The tragedy of Nigeria is that the citizens are too daft to react. They’re
      robbed to their face and denied a right to live, but they only mope or cry in
      vain. Nigerians are not fit for modern polity because they have no sense of
      civic duty. If Nigerians were imbued with clarity of thought they’d be asking
      Buhari to go by now, because Buhari came into office empty-headed and
      merely sloganeers, without any meaning on the word CHANGE; with levity.

      • thusspokez

        A country without any good thinker in public office

        This is a famine that is far more detrimental to Nigeria than corruption. This lack of critical thinking skills often manifest itself in illogical statements made by public officials in governments, institutions, politics etc.

        The deficiency is also on daily display on Nigerian websites by posters, The lack of critical thinking in comments and a failure (or even a refusal) to see errors in their arguments makes one question the Nigerian education system.

        Buhari’s CHANGE has already been accomplished. It is a shift of power from ‘multi-ethnic, multi-culture, multi-religion Nigeria’ to ‘single-ethnic, single-culture, single-religion Nigeria’, i.e., Hausa/Fulani/Islam. Is this not still obvious to Nigerians? There is no other CHANGE in the pipeline!

      • Patrick

        You have exhibited lack of knowledge in governance by what you wrote.For a vast country like ours,do you expect change to manifest in one year?How many bills were passed in the last year?Full of emotions and hate,lacking in substance. All hail the wailers.

        • Es3

          What time frame did Buhari/APC promise change to Nigerians during their 2015 presidential elections campaign???

          In answering, please that the video, audio and prints records are there!

  • GG

    I have tried to understand you in the context of this particular case but I honestly can’t.

    Sorry maybe I just missed the joke

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  • Ayinde

    Never seen a government that came to power with so much hysteria and passion and in less that 2 years had lost that good will, besides the critical ingredient upon which he came to power, trust integrity are the core of these whole problem. S why this paradox. The only conclusion is that the whole of the initial hysteria and passion was based on DECEIT. Simply a government of DECEPTION. No integrity, No moral, but all LiEs .

  • thusspokez

    The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has given reasons for retracting its earlier stance to proceed with the Edo State governorship election initially scheduled for Saturday.

    It is depressing to read the mediocrity and confusion of these organisations on newspaper headlines.

    If you are familiar with inner working of organisations in advanced countries, you would know that most (if not all) of them have methodologies that prescribe what to do in what circumstances, particularly in making big decisions. This is very helpful in case something goes wrong in the process: the steps taken are retraced to see at what stage in the methodology, things went wrong. Here one is able to identify the process, people involved; and whether the people had followed the procedures, etc. The organisation subsequently, learns from its mistake: retrain staff if required; review the methodology if required, etc..

    In the last few days, what the readers could decipher from the news about the Nigerian Police, SSS and INEC is that none of these organisations have or follow any methodology. They seem to be muddling along. For example, if INEC had a methodology and had followed the steps and procedures with regard to making decision on postponement of elections, it would not be in this shameful, disgraceful public display of mediocrity. It would have ordered (independent) security assessment and carefully studied the report before making a decision, and once it has decided, no flip-flopping.

    One wonders when Nigerian organisations will achieve maturity. The people running them don’t seem to understand how organisations are supposed to function nor its structure.

    • ed

      You missed the point. Nigeria Police,DSS and INEC are simply dancing to the tune of the President. The same thing happen in the general election 2015 under Jonathan. He still lost. Edo people should vote and make sure their votes are counted openly, and the result are reported wards to ward. Buhari forces are going to do everything possible to keep Nigerian down.
      APC is worst in corruption and double talk.
      The reality of losing the election is what forced them to use the security excuse to buy more time to perfect the rigging of the election,
      Imagine what will happen in the next federal election under President Buhari. To secure one state is overwhelming to these disgraceful people that are suppose to be neutral. Nigeria democracy is moving backward.

  • vagabonds in power

    It is really sad that INEC whose boss Prof Yakubu stole over 850m from UBEC can still like the thief that he is–still lie to us again–why did they not consult with the security agencies before going to the press with their lies——–?——-The Apes in APC are not even aware that Nigerians know them for what they are liars——Happy though that we were not told the elections were shifted because of the death of the father of Tompolo and Jonathan————————separation is the only way out———–

  • Factsay

    Buhari and his fellow fraudster at INEC at work

  • Buhari and APC have turned Nigerian democracy into a political comedy. They needed more time to perfect the election manipulation.

  • GEJ FOREVER

    I KNOW BUHARI IS DEAF, DUMB, DULL AND FULL OF FORGERY …. I DID NOT KNOW HE WAS ALSO A CLOWN

  • Man_Enough

    this is not the first time the police and the dss are exhibiting total incompetence, but on this occasion, the whole blame is heaped on the president. different strokes for different folks.

  • Freedom Bini

    BBuhari had lion share in the blame as the HEAD of Failed Country –Nigeria: but the so called Politicians are all thieves and jobless people. Oshom0le that will be jobless in few months sold the dummy of security threat to the Police and SSS to enable him have this month allocation to be shared among its people. Oshomole that had joined the league of robbers should be placed on watch list.The Politicians do not contribute anything to the economy and development of Nigeria but only to grab and share. They do very thing under the sun to remain in Power. Any day the pendulum does not swing in their favour you hear their voices in heaven.