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Winners And Losers of Election Postponement

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Nigeria News takes a look at the winners and losers of the election postponement.

I can accurately posit that the winner of the INEC postponement of the February 16 election is the INEC itself.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakub is the hero of the postponement because he has made himself more popular than the election itself.

Like his predecessors, the professor turned his defence of the postponement to an intellectual discourse as he lectured the representatives of the 72 political parties and the election observers like classroom students during the post postponement News conference.

Surprisingly, INEC took time to decorate the table where Yakub and some of his co-officials sat to listen to the raging comments of the politicians who had spent millions of naira to mobilize their agents to polling stations.

He said that the postponement was regrettable but necessary as he reeled out flimsy excuses to calm the angry politicians and international observers.

Funny enough, Yakub was more accountable to the observers than Nigerians whom the election and its outcome would affect the more. He said that the news conference was to address the observers instead of the political parties.

As a matter of fact, INEC was the one that invited the observers but it would have been decorous enough that the Chairman of the commission tenders apologies to millions of Nigerians whose programme had been truncated by the postponement.

The political parties are losers, including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The Federal Government is a loser, having spent billions of naira on INEC but was disappointed at the dying minutes due to logistics and security reasons.

Nigerians are the biggest losers, most especially those who had been contracted by the political parties and politicians to provide service during the election.

Many Nigerians have travelled out of their comfort zones to cast their ballots where they had registered but were disappointed a few hours to the election.

It means, they will have to repeat the journey this week if there is a need to return to their station at all.

Nigerians are the loser because the postponement will create apathy in some areas. Many Nigerians would return to their work station and refuse to travel back for the February 23 election.

Definitely, this will affect all the political parties and by extension, democracy and the kind of leadership the country will get. The most pathetic of this situation is that many Nigerians do not see anything wrong in this postponement, rather they argued that it had happened before and heavens did not fall.

We justify our today’s errors with the past errors as consolation. A country that has refused to learn from history but has repeatedly committed the same error.

But what we have failed to realise is that the postponement done by the former INEC Chairman, Professor Attairu Jega happened weeks before the election. It did not come as shocking as the one on Saturday, which happened at the dying minutes.

It shows that Jega’s theorem is Yakub’s hypothesis. Same formula, many elections.

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