The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has revealed that he and the Resident Electoral Commissioners practically kept vigil at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport for three days just to ensure the general election went on as earlier scheduled.
Prof. Yakubu made this known while advancing reasons for the election’s postponement at the eleventh hour in a meeting with stakeholders.
The INEC boss among others attributed the postponement to alleged bad weather causing flight delays saying, “For three days, since Wednesday, many of the commissioners, including myself have virtually been sleeping in Abuja Airport, mobilising all national assets to ensure that we deliver what remains of electoral logistics to locations and to conduct the elections.
“Unfortunately, in the last one week, flights within the country have been adversely affected by bad weather. For instance, three days ago, we were unable to deliver materials to some locations due to bad weather. We therefore had to rely on slow-moving long haulage vehicles to locations that can be serviced by air, in spite of the fact that we created five zonal airport hubs in Abuja (North-Central), Port Harcourt (South-South and South-East), Kano (North-West), Maiduguri and Yola (North-East) and Lagos (South-West) to facilitate the delivery of electoral logistics.”
Other reasons Yakubu gave for the shift in the election day to February 23 include pocket of attacks on INEC facility and election materials in three of its offices in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State; Qu’an Pan LGA of Plateau State and Anambra State office at Awka, all within a space of two weeks.