By Augustine Akhilomen
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has disclosed that the commission took the step to postponed Saturday’s Presidential/National Assembly and Governorship/House of Representatives elections due to their inability to deliver election materials to the various centres across Nigeria.
Prof. Yakubu made this comments while reacting to question put to him by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole on why the commission took so long to announce the postponement of the elections.
He pointed out that logistic problem was a key factor that made INEC took such bold decision while also assuring Nigerians that every sensitive materials would be delivered as soon as possible.
“First and foremost we are public officers accountable to the Nigerian people.I take responsibility for everything as Chairman and on behalf of my commission, we regret this postponement that I had this morning.
“To the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. Until close to 2am in the morning and we are confident that the election will hold. For three days since Wednesday many of our commissioners including myself we were seated at the Abuja Airport to ensure that all materials for the elections are delivered but unfortunately, we couldn’t continue the elections the way it was suppose to be conducted. And therefore we took the bold decision by postponing the election.
“We are there at the airport and called all the people that you can ever imagine to provide us support. We made contacts with private airlines to provide us with Cargo planes that can deliver the materials to the various locations. But as I have said we have to consider many things before taking this decision.