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2011-04-02

  Ribadu says election postponement tragic

            The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has described the postponement of the National Assembly election as sad and tragic. 

          He told newsmen in Yola that INEC had enough time to prepare for the election, but failed and however, urged Nigerians to be patient about the development, and also challenged INEC to do everything possible to overcome the problem.

          Reacting to the postponement, Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State appealed for calm, and  urged Nigerians and the international community to appreciate the commission’s predicament as well as INEC Chairman's renewed resolve to conduct a credible election.

          He also urged the electorate to remain calm, stressing that INEC was trying to resolve logistic challenges it faced in transporting election materials.

           A CPC Chieftain, Mr. Dennis Aghanya, said the postponement was avoidable and told newsmen that a proper analysis of the country’s terrain would have prevented the postponement.

          From Oyo State came the report that the postponement caused some angry voters to set fire to ballot papers that were already cast in Akanran, Ona-Ara Local Government Area.

          Reports say voters at Ward one, Unit two, polling unit at the council’s headquarters, became angry when INEC officials announced the postponement and went ahead to pack their voting materials.

 

           They became agitated and insisted that the ballot papers that were already cast be destroyed in their presence.

 

            The Imo ACN Chairman, Mr. Charles Uba, urged INEC to improve on its performance between now and tomorrow, warning that Nigerians would not take excuses again.
          A human right activists, Mr. Uche Durueke, urged Nigerians to still go out on Monday and vote for candidates of their choice and regard the inconvenience as a sacrifice.

           The Imo Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Selina Oko, gave an assurance that all the lapses experienced would be properly handled to ensure a smooth exercise.

           She appealed to Nigerians not to loose confidence in INEC and support the process. 



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