DAILY FILE – Benue state politicians and residents,have continued to lament the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, describing the explaination of the electoral body as shallow and naive.
Speaking with DAILY FILE in Makurdi,the state capital,a lecturer in the department of political science, Benue State University, BSU, Dr. Samson Fada, said the postponement would avail politicians and their parties more time to mobilize voters to come out enmass to vote for them.
Fada, posited that not minding the financial implications the postponed polls would have on INEC and the business class, there would be a better results at the end of the day,stressing that “What is worth doing is worth doing well”
Also,reacting, the People’s Redemption Party,PRP, governorship candidate in Benue state, Dr. Frederic Ikyaan, while describing the postponement as unfortunate said it will afford them the opportunity to mobilize their supporters and visit some areas they did not cover during campaigns.
Ikyaan, however, urged Benue people not to allow apathy to discourage them but turn out massively to vote on the new elections dates.
On her part,an Abuja based civil servant who was in Makurdi to vote, said she may not come back to vote again as she spent all for the aborted exercise.
A market woman, Patience Avatar, lamented that she closed her tailoring shop for a day just to be told of election postponement, saying she not vote in the rescheduled polls.
For Elizabeth and Joseph whose wedding program was fixed for 16th February 2019 but was rescheduled counted losses since the branded wedding materials bearing 16th February, 2019.
Mr.Joseph, said they are not deterred by the waste as a result of election and promised to come out to participate in the election next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, Benue state chapter has promised to mobilize it’s supporters to come out to participate in next week’s election by voting Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as president on february 23 and Samuel Ortom as governor march 9.
The party said all PDP candidates should be voted for good governance.
In a statement by the party’s state publicity secretary, Mr. Bemgba Iortyom, said Atiku has the managerial prowess to unlock the country’s chain tied by the APC government, stating that governor Ortom will reflect same in the state if given a second term mandate.
Bemgba, while nothing that though the shift in date for the conduct of the elections was capable of dampening the spirit of the electorates, appealed to voters to come out massively and vote PDP to frustrate the rigging plans of the ruling APC at all levels.
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