INEC denies plan to shift presidential poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied any plan to postpone the February 25 presidential election.

INEC made the clarification in its reaction to a report purporting it might extend the poll by a week or two.

But, in a thumbnail message published on its website on Tuesday, the electoral body said its “attention” was “drawn to a fake report circulating on the social media with the title: “INEC May Postpone Feb 25 Election by a week or two”.

It said “the Commission will not and is not contemplating postponing the 2023 General Election (and that) Nigerians should disregard it.”

The said ‘fake report’ had claimed INEC chief, Professor Yakub Mahmood, told reporters at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, that the body was hit by scarcity of naira notes and it could be compelled to shift the polls.

Nigerians would be heading to the polls in a matter of weeks to elect a new president.

The frontline candidates are Bola Tinubu, of the ruling All Progressives Congress; Abubakar Atiku, Nigeria’s former vice president and flag bearer of the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and Peter Obi, who is the standard bearer of the Labour Party.

Of the three, Obi is the favourite of many youths, some of whom are first time voters. He has been projected in various exit polls as the one to likely win the race, but the lack of elected representatives and political structure are the major odds stacked against his chances.




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