The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress , Omoyele Sowore , on Saturday described the postponement of the 2019 general elections as a familiar nightmare .
He condemned the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission , describing it as a travesty .
According to him , the decision meant that President Muhammdau Buhari ’ s All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party , “ are both two sides of the same bad coin . ”
The AAC candidate in a statement by the Director- General of Sowore 2019 Campaign Organisation , Dr . Malcolm Fabiyi , asked his supporters and party members to “ stay the course , re -energise their engagements in their communities , and help to ensure an even bigger turnout for freedom next week. ”
He said , “Nigerians awoke to a familiar nightmare – the sudden cancellation of elections that both the government and its electoral agencies had four years to prepare for .
“ The failure to successfully hold elections whose dates were known four years in advance speaks to the complete ineptitude and lack of transparency of the Buhari regime .
“ We have seen this script before . In 2011 and 2015 , our electoral process was similarly thrown into chaos by last - minute shifts in the election dates under the (Goodluck ) Jonathan - led PDP government .
“ By repeating the same failures, Buhari ’ s APC government has now demonstrated to Nigerians that there is no difference in values between itself and the former PDP administration .
“ This is yet another example of the fact that the two establishment parties , APC and PDP , are both two sides of the same bad coin.
“ Nigerians must not become numb to this travesty . No one would tolerate such ineptitude in their own personal affairs.
“ Millions of Nigerians travelled to ensure that they were in place to participate in the elections . Businesses and commercial activities have been disrupted , and the sacrifices of tens of millions of Nigerians who had readied themselves to go to the polls and effect a positive change in the trajectory of the nation has been dashed – albeit temporarily.
“ The complicity of Buhari ’ s APC government in this last - minute shift in the electoral process is clear for all to see . If this administration had no hand in this callous postponement , their condemnation would have been swift and their denunciation of INEC ’ s actions would have been screamed from every mountain top .
“ The APC was quick to denounce similar actions taken by the Jonathan -led PDP administration in 2015 . Their silence on this occasion is deafening.
“ The AAC, our presidential candidate , Omoyele Sowore , and the Nigerian people are not deterred.
“ Positive change and true transformation are coming to Nigeria , and whether it happens on the 16 th or on the 23 rd of February , it will happen.
“ We ask all of our supporters and party members to stay the course , re -energise their engagements in their communities , and help to ensure an even bigger turnout for freedom next week. ”
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