An All Progressives Congress (APC) senator from Kano state, northern Nigeria, Kabiru Gaya, has revealed that the National Assembly will investigate the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the general elections.
Naija News reports the lawmaker, represents Kano south, made this comment when he addressed State House Correspondents on Sunday, March 3.
Senator Gaya said adequate preparations were made for the polls not to be shifted.
This online news platform recalls that INEC postponed the general election by one week, citing logistics challenges.
Reacting to the suspension on Sunday, Gaya said the change of date led to voter apathy.
His words: “I was not happy when they shifted the elections and I said still after shifting the election we will call them and we will investigate INEC for shifting the election because it caused poor turnout,” he said.
“We will find out the reason – if is funding, we gave them enough funds, if it was issue of security, the security agencies were ready. So why should INEC shift the elections?
“We are going to investigate that when we come back after the governorship election. But generally they did what they could do, I would say, it’s a pass mark.”
Senator Gaya said President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection was not in doubt because he “has done so much” for the country.
According to him, “I am not surprised he won because he has done so much for this country. Take for example, in terms of road, I am the chairman, Senate committee on works, so I know that the budget for the 2014 before President Buhari came in was N22 billion.
“But when he came into office the budget moved up to N220 billion and you can see now the budget is between N300 billion to N400 billion in 2019. Therefore, the roads that were neglected for 19 years are now motorable. Also, agricultural, the importation of rice has dropped from 100 per cent to only five per cent,” he added.