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‘Further postponement will amount to a coup’, Buhari says

Buhari stated this on Monday, February 9, during a meeting with the first elected President of Malawi and Leader of the Commonwealth Election Observers Group, Bakili Muluzi.

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari has said that a further postponement of Nigeria’s General Elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will amount to a “a civilian and military coup.”

Buhari stated this on Monday, February 9, during a meeting with the first elected President of Malawi and Leader of the Commonwealth Election Observers Group, Bakili Muluzi.

“We told them about the change in the dates of elections and the constitutional limitations of INEC. That is the last card for INEC and they cannot delay the elections anymore. So, it is up to the government to facilitate a free, fair and credible election,” Buhari said.

“If they fail to do that then, they will be indulging in a civilian and military coup because the constitution is very clear that certain days to the swearing in, there must be an election which will usher in a new government. So, there are no more excuses. INEC has given a document that they are ready for the election,” he added.

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“They said they had trained their personnel, acquired equipment and have been distributing voter cards. But the security chiefs wrote INEC and demanded six more weeks. Okay, they have been given six weeks and that is the end of it. So we are getting ready for the election of March 28,” the former Head of State said further.

The INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jegaannounced the postponement of the polls on Saturday, February 7.

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