INEC postpones governorship and state assembly elections, Reports

Multiple reports have it that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the gubernatorial elections earlier slated for March 11th.

The election for governor and members of the state legislature has been postponed until Saturday, March 18.

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The commission (INEC) was unable to start reconfiguring the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections in order to make them usable for the state elections, so the polls, which were originally scheduled for Saturday, March 11, were postponed.

The commission management agreed to postpone the election until March 18 after a meeting, according to the report, which cited reliable sources.

You are aware that the BVAS re-configuration would take three to four days, and that the machines would be reconfigured and deployed to the different.

The just concluded elections by INEC have been highly critiqued.

There are 18 candidates running for the top position in total, but surveys show that only three of them have a good chance of succeeding. The only lady among the 18 is one.

The 70-year-old Bola Ahmed Tinubu is running for office on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party. He has enormous power and is regarded as a political godfather in the south-west area, but he has long been the target of allegations of corruption and poor health, both of which he denies. Some claim that his campaign anthem Emi Lokan, which in Yoruba means “it’s my time [to be president],” displays a sense of entitlement.

The 76-year-old Atiku Abubakar is a candidate for the People’s Democratic Party, the major opposition group (PDP). He has previously campaigned for president five times, losing each time. He spent the majority of his tenure in positions of authority, serving as a top civil servant, Olusegun Obasanjo’s vice president, and a well-known business figure. He has been charged with corruption and cronyism, which he disputes, just like Mr. Tinubu.

Peter Obi, 61, is running for the obscure Labour Party in an effort to upend the two-party system that has dominated Nigeria since the end of military government in 1999. Although he was a member of the PDP up until last year, he is viewed as a comparatively new face and is incredibly popular among young Nigerians and on social media. From 2006 to 2014, the affluent industrialist presided as governor of the southeasterly Anambra State. His supporters, known as the “OBIdients,” claim that he is the only contender who is honest, but his detractors contend that supporting Obi is pointless because he is not likely to win.

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