The United States of America has expressed its disappointment over INEC’s decision to postpone this month’s general elections.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, was in Lagos a couple of weeks ago where he urged to government to ensure that the elections were free and fair.
APC also says the decision to postpone the 14 February presidential elections by six weeks is a “major setback for democracy”.
The postponement was however welcome by the ruling party PDD
The election commission said it moved the poll date because troops needed to protect polling stations were being deployed to fight Boko Haram.
APC Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun said the move to delay the elections until 28 March, announced late on Saturday, was “highly provocative” and “a major setback for Nigerian democracy”.
However, he urged Nigerians to “remain calm and desist from violence and any activity which will compound this unfortunate development”.
Opposition officials accuse the military of forcing the electoral commission into the delay to help the sitting president’s campaign.
However, Attahiru Jega, head of the election commission, said the postponement was necessary as he had been told that troops would not be available to protect voters as they were too busy conducting operations against Boko Haram.
“The commission cannot lightly wave off the advice of the nation’s security chiefs,” he said.