The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) in a statement berates the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)sudden postponement of Elections few hours to take off.
Nigeria’s bloggers’ umbrella body in a press statement signed by it’s National Secretary Mr Femi Adeoya noted the postponement portrays INEC “in a bad light”.
According to the GPBN, “INEC had four years to prepare for the exercise and had repeatedly assured Nigerians that it was ready to conduct the elections”.
Continuing, GPBN observed, “The postponement apart from its huge cost to Nigerians and some foreigners, it has also made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of Nations taking into consideration the number of local and international observers who were on ground to monitor the election”.
The Guild however called on Nigerians again to continue to exude peace and patience as well as exercise their civil duties without intimidation during the new scheduled dates of elections.
The GPBN also appeals to stakeholders to remain calm and avoid actions that could further threaten the polity.
“We also call on INEC to remain an unbiased umpire in the electioneering process”.
The Guild equally admonish all its members across the globe to maintain high level of professionalism in reporting the elections as well as shun fake news but ensure they publish ” only authenticated results”.
The new scheduled dates by INEC for the elections are: Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Presidential and National Assembly Elections;
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Governorship and State Assemblies Elections.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu at a Press Briefing announcing the postponement of the elections cited reasons of logistics and bad weather hindering airlift of voting materials for the shift in dates.
His announcement some six hours to opening of Polls has continued to receive lashes from stakeholders.