President Muhammadu Buhari, Saturday, registered his displeasure over the decision of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Buhari lamented how people had traveled down to various locations in order to perform their civic duties but were disappointed at the eleventh hour.
He said: “I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.
“Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.
“INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.”
He also reminded the Commission of how his administration has helped in the timely release of funds in order to help in the adequate preparation for the elections.
He further urged the INEC to monitor the sensitive materials already distributed so that they do not fall into wrong hands.
He continued: “This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.
“We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.
“While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.”
He concluded by urging Nigerians to be law-abiding.
“I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.”