Elections dates  change a rude shock –Akinlaja

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.

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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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