By Sade Adewale
Member House of Representatives, representing Ondo East and West Federal constituency under Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr. Joseph Akinlaja has described last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as a surprise and shock to people who were in the mood to vote.
Akinlaja stated this in an interview with The Hope, at the weekend.
He said “the postponement is quite disappointing because everybody was in the mood of voting last Saturday.
“While am surprise and shock is because this date has been set aside more than one and half years by INEC. They have ample time to prepare for the success of the elections. So, to come out at the midnight of election day and postponed it was quite nauseating and also a shock to the people who believe in democracy.
“We should be able to get our house together by now, so that we can develop economically. If we cannot get it right our democratic process then can not make good policies than to fire a development of economy, he stressed.
Akinlaja advised Nigerians to sustain the present democracy despite what has happened and prepare to vote in the coming general elections believing that INEC will be ready.
Also speaking, Mr Taye Omolafe said that the postponement by INEC is not a welcome development, saying it is only in Nigeria that election will be postponed on election day and noting will be done.
He described INEC chairman as incompetent, saying that he has turned Nigeria to a Nollywood film.
A businessmen, Alhaji Musa Hakeem noted that the postponement is to frustrate the voters, saying this is totally unacceptable in any democratic set up.
On her part, Mrs Eunice Akinlayo who sells food stuffs said the postponement of elections has really affected her business and her plan to observe holiday this coming weekend.
She said that government and INEC really need to get their acts right in this country, saying logistics have been a major problems in this country.
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