Reuters reports that National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki during a talk at London think-tank Chatham House asked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Jega to postpone next month’s elections.
He states his reasons as the slow distribution of biometric voter cards and said a delay within the time allowed by the law would be a good idea. He added that there was a 90-day window during which the election could legally take place. “It costs you nothing, it’s still within the law,” Dasuki said he told the INEC chairman. Dasuki said it was for INEC and not for him to decide. “What sense does it make to vote three months early when there are 30 million cards still with INEC? That’s my position,” Dasuki said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed told Reuters,
“Why are they not ready? Why should we postpone? We say ‘no’ to postponement. They know that if they don’t postpone they can’t win. They are just terrified.”