Goodluck Jonathan’s kinsmen say INEC not prepared for elections

Goodluck Jonathan

Some residents of Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have expressed sadness over the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The residents described the postponement as lack of preparedness on the part of INEC.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Otuoke is the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Reacting to the development on Saturday in Otuoke, Engr Felix Okpu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbia described the postponement as a very sad development for Nigerians.

He said the postponement in the early hours of the election day had shown that the electoral body was never ready to conduct free fair elections in Nigeria.

“INEC’s action is capable of causing cold war, which may result to verbal war between the contesting political parties, and that the body has shown their incompetence to conduct free fair elections in Nigeria.

“This has never been done in the history of our country by postponing it in the morning of election. It is lack of preparedness and planning on the part of INEC.

“So many people have travelled because of the election to cast their votes in their various communities and states, so how will they feel?” he queried.

He urged members of the PDP to remain calm and abide by the rule of law and never cause any trouble because of the postponement.

In another development Azibola Oru, a PDP faithful in Otuoke, described the postponement as lack of capacity to conduct free and fair elections in the country.

He said INEC had created the avenue for people to suspect and doubt its ability to conduct credible polls.

“It really gives room for suspicion, as our trust in its performance has been dented,” he said.