By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Following shift in date on the 2019 Presidential and national assembly elections in Nigeria by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, who hours to the commencement of the Presidential polls sighted logistics challenges and postponed the election; Plateau citizens said the reasons given by the commission were not acceptable and baseless.
A peace advocate and crisis trauma healing expert Mr. Godwin Okoko in a telephone interview with KAKAAKI-RERTERS Online, in Jos, Saturday, said the reasons given by INEC to have postponed of the election were not convincing.
Mr. Okoko said postponement of the elections was a monumental lost economically, educationally, politically and socially to all Nigerians.
“The postponement of the election is a great disappointment to all Nigerians, it is a monumental lost to our economy, citizens have spent hard earn money travel distance to excise their franchise, but they are been denied due to the shift in date.”
“Parents who had pick their children from schools might have to return them this weekend. On the social aspects, people who shifted there social and cultural ceremony must rescheduled them again due to the postponement of the election. It is indeed sad.”
Mr. Okoko stressed that Nigerians are highly disappointed with the decision by INEC to have shifted the elections by one week, after several promises by the commission that it was ready to conduct an acceptable elections.
“The enthusiasm most Nigerians had for the elections which was support to take place today (Saturday) might have lost, I’m afraid, there might be voter apathy next week, therefore voter education need to be intensified by those concern.”
The peace advocate however encouraged Nigerian electorates not to be discourage from voting their candidates during the rescheduled elections date.
A retired civil servant Biturus Gambo in an interview with our reporter in Jos, Saturday, in a commercial tricycle called for the sanctioning of all officials of INEC for failing to meet the expectations of Nigerian electorates.
“They (INEC) deceived us (electorates) that all is well, only to tell us at the eleventh hour that elections will not be held due to inability to transport electoral materials to all parts of Nigeria, in my opinion, officials of INEC deserved questioning by relevant authorities.”
O her part, a food vendor Cecilia Choji who said had cooked food (Friday) overnight to sell at a particular polling unit near her resident, said she may have to distribute the meal to her neighbors for free.
“This is a great lost for me, I cooked food of about 25000 naira, expecting 15000 naira gain to sell at our polling unit, but I have to share to my neighbors in other not to west the meal.”
Meanwhile, a tour of Jos, the Plateau state capital seems a ghost village, as a few citizens who remained in Jos were indoors, the streets were almost empty, as most usually busy locations were also empty without business activities.