Fielding questions on Saturday when a reporter from News Agency of Nigeria visited him, former governor of Ekiti state, Chief Olusegun Oni urged Nigerians not to protest against the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) for postponing the Saturday’s election.
Oni who was interviewed in his country home in Ifaki-Ekiti, urged Nigerians to be calm over the announcement, saying it was for the good of the system.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the postponement of the Feb. 16 and March 2 Presidential and National Assembly elections, due to logistic problems.
Oni, who was a former Chairman, South of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the burning of INEC offices and electoral materials is not good for the democracy in Nigeria.
He said postponing election is not new in Nigeria and Nigerians should not blame INEC because it is working towards perfecting the electoral process.
“We must not deceive ourselves, as Nigerians, working in this environment is more stressful than what it should be normally.
“We will be preparing for election, you will be hearing that office or sensitive materials of the electoral body are getting burnt and all these are the handiwork of people who don’t want the election to happen successfully.
“It is not totally strange that INEC will postpone election, we are getting in tune with postponement be at every turn of an election, but if that is what is required for them to be able to perfect electoral process properly, I think we should just cooperate with them.
“We are the voters and we will go back to our polling units in a week’s time and cast our votes, at this point, all we need is to encourage ourselves as Nigerians that it is for the good of the system,” he said.
Oni, however, appealed to Nigerians not to stress themselves by rioting and protesting, but instead they should cooperate with INEC for the good of democracy in Nigeria. (NAN)