The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has hailed the courage of the Independent National Electoral Commission for announcing the postponement of the general elections.
Kashamu, who spoke to Saturday Punch, urged Nigerians to accept the decision in good faith, saying it was for the best.
The senator said INEC needed to get its acts right to ensure a credible electoral process.
He said, “I believe what will be, will be; there is nothing we can do. The postponement may discourage some Nigerians, but if the reason behind it is something that can affect the entire electoral process and INEC is trying to avoid a serious mistake, then it is better for us to have the postponement. Nobody is perfect. Let’s give them benefits of the doubt because of what has happened.
“Truly there are problems. We have problems of logistics in Ogun and Ondo. Also, I don’t believe INEC has enough staff to be able to deal with the 36 states. We experienced this kind of thing during the time of Prof. Attahiru Jega. We should put this behind us and accept our fate. I believe by next week Saturday, they would have rectified the mistake.”
He said the hue and cry over the postponement did not stop some politicians from rigging the elections.
Asked on the likely implication of the postponement on the reputation of the country in the international community, the PDP candidate said every country had its peculiar problems.
“Many people are saying the postponement is to rig. But I believe if anybody wants to rig, you may shout from now till tomorrow, they will still rig.
“How can the international community be disappointed when they also have similar problems in their countries? They have their own problems and we have ours. The foreign observers, I am sure, are mostly interested in a transparent process. They were in INEC and they must have seen some of the problems. They will have to be patient with us,” he added.