Election Postponement: Remain Peaceful In Face of Provocation – Atiku

As you know, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced a postponement of the elections until 23 February and 9 March respectively.

The Buhari administration has had more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections and the Nigerian people were poised and ready to perform their civic responsibility by voting in the elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, 16 February, 2019.

This postponement is obviously a case of the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. By instigating this postponement, the Buhari administration hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low on the rescheduled date. Nigerians must frustrate their plans by coming out in even greater numbers on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively.

Knowing that the Nigerian people are determined to reject them, they are desperate and will do anything in their power to avoid their rejection by the Nigerian people.

Their plan is to provoke the public, hoping for a negative reaction, and then use that as an excuse for further anti-democratic acts.

As such, I call on all Nigerians to be patient. We have tolerated the maladministration of this government for four years. We can extend our tolerance a few more days and give them our verdict via our votes.

Maintain the peace and be law abiding. Do not react to this provocation with anger, violence or any action that might be exploited by those who do not want this election to hold. Remain calm. We will overcome this. You can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny.

Please come out to vote on Saturday, 23 February and Saturday, 9 March respectively. Frustrate those who do not want this election to hold by coming out in very large numbers. That is the best antidote to their plans.

May God bless you and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Atiku Abubkar
Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party & Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007.

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24 Responses to Election Postponement: Remain Peaceful In Face of Provocation – Atiku

  1. Azubuike Anthony February 16, 2019 at 7:55 am

    This is unacceptable by all standards. How can you cancel elections when five hours to elections when poor Nigerians have travelled to the villages, materials and personnel are in different polling locations, observers are already in different locations.. who takes care of all that expenses… this is the height of provocation

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  2. Austin Amusu February 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

    This government forced INEC’s hands with the burning of election materials, late & non- delivery of sensitive materials, all to foist the Edo-style postponenent on INEC & compel it to hold staggered polls. Failed Govt doing everything to make Nigeria a failed state

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  3. Nura Sabo February 16, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I am just imagining the kind of brutal backlash that would have fallen on the govt if this scenario played out in a PDP regime.

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  4. Benson Okeze February 16, 2019 at 8:03 am

    INEC chairman on a TV interview promised Nigerians that election will not be postponed, el-rufai faked news off 66 persons being killed in Kaduna,AGF Malami wrote to inec to postponed election, I think prof Mahmood was forced by APC to postponed election. APC is INEC

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  5. Kehinde February 16, 2019 at 8:04 am

    When someone wants to mess you up but inadvertently succeeded in provoking a new level of determination out of you…we won’t back down at the polls. I’m so much more determined to set aside this anomaly to the garbage of history. Shalom Nigeria

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  6. Adeshina Keinde February 16, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Darkest places in hell is reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. People have spent huge resources in hotels, logistics, agents, etc already, and will have to repeat same again. So unfair. Failures excuse failings with history and stories. Shame

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  7. Barr. Olabisi A. February 16, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Last night, a lot of people went to the mall to shop and also queue at the fuel station to buy fuel in anticipation of election. So many people spent money on various logistics that concern them, they will repeat it again next week. inec should be ashamed

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  8. Chisaram Ezegbu February 16, 2019 at 8:10 am

    What is logistic issues?, they had the army, police and all security deployed but they couldn’t help them protect or move materials safely, how can they know by 2am that they cant go ahead with election, not maybe a day before, they must have forced them to postpone.

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  9. Ebuka Simon February 16, 2019 at 8:12 am

    So now I have spent my money travelling home to find out this.three people with me all on me.

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  10. Adesesan Oyegun February 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I just knew!!!
    In as much as INEC are the frontiers here, I believe that there is a political sobotage..
    These political desperados re to be blamed because they pulled this stunt right under our noses…
    Anyways this is Nigeria where everything is possible!!

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  11. Seye Adebayo February 16, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Let’s not mince words WE ARE THOROUGHLY AND UTTERLY DISAPPOINTED IN INEC. How can you give us a date a year ago and come up with logistical issue as an excuse. You have been lying to us all along that you are ready?

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  12. Jide Akpumoda February 16, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Dissapointed is a gross understatement, I’m pained. I believe INEC is compromised. How can they cancel on election dey, just few hours to actual commencement of the elections?

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  13. Abeje Kunle February 16, 2019 at 8:20 am

    What is the sanctity of those sensitive material you dispatch, and safety, after all the noise since a year ago

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  14. Adesua Abioye February 16, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Very unfortunate. The inec boss should resign after this show of incompetence. Many people travelled hundreds of kilometers to go cast their votes. What’s with this nonsense?

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  15. Obandi Ebughe February 16, 2019 at 8:23 am

    The worst part was that I was watching TVC throughout yesterday they were showing various states and RECs are confirming everything is set. Are these ones mad?

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  16. Chief Enang Egba February 16, 2019 at 8:27 am

    No words to describe this act. How does one postpone a national election HOURS to its commencement?? I want to believe that the real reason wasn’t disclosed.

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  19. STANLEY JOSEPH OMUSO February 16, 2019 at 11:34 am

    This is unacceptable, the Inec chairman should resign. Yakubu
    Is incompetent to handle such magnitude elections in this country. And all Nigerians must reject this evil act,carried out by APC lead federal government. Secondly, nasiri the Kaduna state governor. Should also be arrested,for given out a false information about the killing of 66 persons on a elections eve day. I urge everyone to stay focused, no amount of intimidation,or postponement will stop the will of Nigerians from voting the choice candidates which PDP.
    God bless Nigeria, God bless PDP.

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  20. Yusuf Saleh Dan'dume Na Atiku Ikon Allah. February 16, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Nigerians support alhaji atiku abubakar waziri adamawa for presidential general election 2019 #TheAtikuPlan #BetterNigeria #BetterLife #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain Insha Allah Ameen.

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  21. Ibanga February 17, 2019 at 8:12 am

    As you have said our president Atiku, we will exhibit all sense of maturity by not allowing their plans to work ,we will remand law abiding and respect the rule of law as we wait to vote in the said date but what we demand from INEC is only one thing an open letter of apology to all Nigerians for the economic lost done on them ,we deserved it under the fundamental humans right law.

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  22. TURSE GODWILL JOSEPH February 18, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    God surpass all their planned. by God Grace BA ZAI GAGARE MU BA. Atiku Most win this Election

    mark my word.

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  23. Tolumoye Youdiowei February 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    They anticipated for a political apathy by the electorate but the outcome will be popular participation on the 23rd February and 9th March.

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  24. adams zamwawosayi February 20, 2019 at 5:47 am

    if God remains our God no Jupiter will stop Atiku no shaking we remain with you our man in 2019 election PDP no going back

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