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2019 Elections: Why Oshiomhole Is Embittered With INEC




The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that he is still angry with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its postponement of the 2019 general election.

Oshiomhole made this known while to INEC’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, who had said during his presentation at an Electoral Reform Roundtable, that as at 5 pm of Friday, February 15, INEC leadership were still optimistic on being able to pull through with the election on February 16, hence the delayed announcement of the postponement.

Reacting the APC Chairman said: “As at 5pm on Friday (February 15), some of the materials you (referring to INEC’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye) needed were still at the airports.

 “Obviously you knew it was not in your competence to increase the day beyond 24 hours. So, obviously you knew and you cannot be pardoned for that. And I refuse to forgive you on that because you knew it and you made us incur costs that were avoidable and you subjected us to severe shocks.

“I don’t think you can defend that. It was gross, inexcusable negligence of duty and crass incompetence on the part of INEC. There is no need to wish it away.”