The Movement for the Survival for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has expressed its shock over the postponement of the Presidential/National Assembly and Gubernatorial/House of Assembly Elections as announced in the early hours of today by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC has on several occasions even up to yesterday (Friday, 15th February 2019) assured us of its readiness to conduct free and fair elections. This news is therefore a huge disappointment to us and several other democracy faithful across the country who have travelled to their various destinations at great personal cost and sacrifice to exercise their franchise and perform their civic right to vote.
Whilst we condemn this unprecedented postponement of elections in the unholy hours of an election day, we do call on our people to remain calm, peaceful and ready to come out en-masse despite this temporary setback for the elections as rescheduled for 23rd February 2019 and 9th March 2019 respectively. This time, our votes MUST Count.
In a statement signed by president of Mosop Legborsi Saro Pyagbara he said “We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this election process”. We appeal to INEC to ensure that materials already distributed are retrieved and safe and do not get into wrong hands.
We also appeal that INEC should do everything to ensure that the avoidable lapses that occasioned this postponement is addressed and a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates guaranteed.
Legborsi Saro Pyagbara