Election Shift: Oshiomhole Accuses INEC Of Conspiring With PDP


Polling had been due to start at almost 120,000 polling units in Africa's most populous nation at 0700 GMT, with a record 73 candidates on the ballot.

It said the vice president and APC co-chairman Bola Tinubu were among the figures expected to attend the meeting.

"We have earlier raised the alarm that the PDP is bent on discrediting this process the moment it realised it can not make up the numbers to win this election", he added.

He had earlier said the decision was made because of a "determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections".

It "will afford the commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections", he added.

He said the commission had all the time and resources to prepare for the elections.

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Nigeria postponed the previous presidential election in 2015 because of deadly insecurity in the northeast, which remains under threat from Islamic extremists.

Nigerian authorities postponed Saturday's national election by a week, just hours before polls had been due to open, prompting the opposition candidate to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of seeking to "disenfranchise" voters. The Electoral Act allows us to do that and ask us to stop campaigning only 24 hours before the actual election.

"They need to speak to us about the reconfiguration of card readers".

According to Suleiman, " Like every other Nigerian, I am disappointed, this is so sudden, we were terribly disappointed.

Both have pledged to work for a peaceful election even as their supporters, including high-level officials, have caused alarm with vivid warnings against foreign interference and allegations of rigging.

Buhari, in power since 2015, faces a tight election contest against Atiku of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

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The future of Africa's most populous nation and largest economy is at stake.

But there are concerns that the decision could lead to a low turnout.

Mr Buhari says he has built a strong foundation for prosperity, but his rival says Nigeria is not functioning.

By the postponement, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now come up on February 23, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections will come up on March 9.

There are 73 registered candidates in the presidential election, but campaigning has been dominated by President Buhari, 76, and Atiku Abubakar, 72.

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