by Sola Fasasi
Following disruptions and posponements, the National Television Authority has announced, just a few minutes ago, that National Assembly elections have been postponed nationwide.
This is courtesy a directive from the Independent National Electoral Commission. The elections are postponed till Monday, April 4.
According to the official @inecnigeria handle, “Elections have been postponed to April 4th. Confirmed by INEC Chairman. Reasons for postponement are being communicated to the different political parties now.”
The electoral commission chairman, Attahiru Jega, admitted that officials have not arrived or have arrived without election materials in many states. Mr. Jega however made it clear that he wasn’t declaring the day a public holiday – as that is a declaration only the president can make.
According to him “You will remember our promise to Nigerians that at every moment we would be honest and open to the process,” he said in a quick statement. “And it is in fulfilling that promise that we have decided to be open to Nigerians in this case. This is a bitter pill we have to swallow to make this work. This is a very difficulty nut necessary decision to postpone the elections.”
More updates as the situation progresses.