Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has countered claims by President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign council and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on who was responsible for the postponement of Saturday’s elections.
INEC had postponed the elections by one week citing logistics challenges.
Buhari’s campaign council and the PDP accused each other of being responsible for the shift.
However, in a statement on Sunday in Owerri, Mr Okorocha attributed the postponement to challenges encountered by INEC, adding that no political party should be blamed.
“The postponement of the election by INEC is an unfortunate development and also regrettable, but it is important to note that no political party should be blamed for the postponement, but rather on the challenges facing INEC.
“This is also not the first time the nation will witness such development during elections, it happened in 2011 and in 2015 respectively,” Okorocha said.
He also said that his party, the APC, was ready for the elections and urged INEC to sort out the challenges within the window given.
“I only want to urge INEC to use the week of postponement to resolve all the challenges it has and ensure that Nigerians have smooth, free and fair elections.
“APC as the ruling party is ready for the elections and it will be absurd to accuse the ruling party of being responsible for the postponement,” he said.