The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has described the shift in the dates of the elections as a setback for democracy.
The APC chairman in a statement, which he personally signed Saturday night while reacting to news of the polls postponement, said that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, claimed that its decision was influenced by a letter from the security chiefs that they cannot provide security for the elections nationwide because of the commitment of its resources to fight insurgency in the north eastern part of the country.
He said, “This is clearly a major setback for Nigerian democracy, and our party is meeting in an emergency session to study its implications and will inform Nigerians of its decisions in the next few days.
“In the meantime though what has happened is highly provocative, I strongly appeal to all Nigerians to remain calm and desist from violence and any activity which will compound this unfortunate development. We must not fall into this obvious trap. Change we must. They can only delay it; No one can stop it.
“I want to assure all Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress will not abandon its commitment to change and will sustain the struggle to establish a new Nigeria”.