Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has condemned Saturday’s postponement of the Presidential/National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Omobude in a press statement in Benin City on Sunday described the elections’ postponement as serious national disgrace and embarrassment.
He said the INEC has no acceptable excuse to offer Nigerians for its failure to conduct the elections as earlier scheduled, saying that the commission had about four years of preparations and yet disappointed Nigerians.
“It is very sad and disappointing for INEC to dash the hope of Nigerians to vote on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the very last minute, after serious preparations and sacrifices put in place by Nigerians to perform their franchise.
The PFN National President, however, appealed to Nigerians not to be discouraged but to continue to hope for the best and be prepared to go out to exercise their franchise on February 23, 2019 as fixed by INEC.
Dr. Omobude therefore enjoined INEC and security agencies to be transparent in all their dealings to ensure free, credible, fair and peaceful elections in the country on Saturday and March 9, 2019.
“The leadership of INEC and all those having one role or the other to play in the conduct of this year’s general elections should know that all eyes are on them, both in Nigeria and internationally,” the PFN National President added.