Nigeria decides: Vote whoever you like, I'm not afraid

Nigeria postpones national elections at the last minute

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National chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Saturday admitted that candidate of the All Progressives Congress, for Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Mohammed Musa, was a registered contractor with the commission.

Buhari, 76, is standing for re-election and will be running against 71 other candidates for the country's highest office. "Whatever it takes, they've shifted it to next week, we are ready to go back to vote", said banker Doyin Coker at the church.

Previous elections in Africa's biggest democracy and top oil producer have been marred by vote rigging, voter intimidation and post-election violence.

The Nigerian Army had earlier said it would deploy personnel for the elections, but only on contingent bases on the outer perimeter of communities rather than near polling units.

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"Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan and the determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible".

The commission rescheduled the presidential and National Assembly elections for February 23, and the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections for March 9.

Places that had been served with the materials were to return them to the central bank following which an audit was to be done on them, INEC said.

When Buhari came to power in 2015 - after a six-week election delay blamed on extremist insecurity - he made Nigerian history with the first defeat of an incumbent president.

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Recall that Buhari had said that whoever tries to Snatch ballot box, or disrupt the election will pay with his life.

Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari of giving marching orders to the Nigerian military and police to brutalise voters during the forthcoming general elections.

The presidential and parliamentary votes have been rescheduled for Saturday 23 February.

According to the APC National Chairman, the PDP was given prior notice of the postponement of the elections.However, the House Speaker described APC National Chairman's comment as mischievous and inflammatory.

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"The constitution and the laws protected INEC but they must not take us for granted".

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