Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, has reacted to the alleged plans by President Muhammad Buhari to suspend the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu and replace him with Buhari's niece, Amina Zakari.
It was leant that following the refusal of the key leaders of the INEC Election Management Board to comply with the option of staggered presidential elections, the forces made a decision to reach a number of staff of the commission, who were said to have colluded in frustrating the delivery of sensitive items at the different states of the federation.
"Apart from the huge sums of money that would have been lost due to the postponement, we can only imagine many inconveniences the decision would cause the citizens who have planned their weddings and other engagements to fit the election plans".
"We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free, fair, peaceful, and credible election by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission while it finalises electoral preparations this week and by voting in peace together on February 23".
But reacting, Fani-Kayode said if Buhari sacks INEC Chairman, he would not only lose power but bring shame to himself.
On PDP allegation that the APC wants to rig it out in Isoko Federal Constituency, he said PDP was crying foul having known it would lose the election for fielding a candidate that is not the choice of Isoko people. "We spent our all night without sleeping hoping to vote today and just hearing the news that the election was been postponed", said one worshipper, Auwolu Usman. His statement appealed for calm and asserted that his administration does not interfere in the commission's work. "You can dissolve anything I said about Nigeria Elections before".
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He said with the shifting of the election by one week, campaign period by political parties had shifted and would only end 24 hours to the election.
A party spokesperson in Delta state in the restive south said the commission "has destroyed the soul of Nigeria with this act". Some anguished over rescheduling weddings, exams and other milestones.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Saturday's Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has raised the alarm that the Managing Director of Activate Technologies Limited, Mohammed Sani Musa, whose company supplied the machines used in printing the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Niger East Senatorial district for tomorrow's poll.
Presidential elections in 2011 and 2015 were also delayed.
Now Buhari could become the second incumbent to be unseated.