The Presidential candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, Mr Fela Durotoye, had released his comment over the Presidential and National Assembly election shifted by INEC.
The presidential aspirant condemns the act and described the postponement as a total global disgrace.
“We are so disappointed with the announcement of the postponement of the elections. It (the elections) should have happened today (Saturday).
Today was a day that history was supposed to be made,” he said on Saturday in a broadcast on Instagram Television, popularly known as IGTV.
Mr. Durotoye however pleaded with the electorates to be calm and expect a better activity come 23rd February, 2019, when the election will hold.
“They can only delay the elections, they can’t delay our destiny, which is to have a new Nigeria where promises are kept,” he stated.
“We don’t need this national embarrassment. This is a national disappointment and embarrassment. It is a global disgrace.”
The ANN presidential candidate said it was disturbing how after four years of preparation, the Independent National Electoral Commission wasn’t adequately prepared though.
“There were brilliant people in the country who could have organized the elections without logistics problem due to their expertise in project management”, Durotoye said.
He said, “Everywhere across the world, people set dates. For four years, they knew we were going to have elections. How do we postpone elections at 3am on the day of elections?
“People had left their homes because the system did not work, they couldn’t transfer their Permanent Voter Cards, so they traveled, People left their children at home to travel to vote to deliver a new Nigeria. Some came in from abroad.”
Durotoye said the elections postponement was a “systematic way to frustrate the people, to disenfranchise them, especially first-time voters.”
But, he said people were now wiser and would not be discouraged.
“I challenge the youth to be awake.
They should not be discouraged. Your efforts would only amount to waste if you don’t show up at the polling booth next Saturday,” he said.