Naira Crisis: INEC takes stance on election postponement
By Mukhtar Tijjani
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again asked Nigerians to ignore a social media hoax that the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has agreed to a postponement of the elections over the currency crisis in the country.
The presidential and National Assembly elections are slated for February 25, while the governorship and state assembly polls are scheduled for March 11.
INEC issued a tweet on Monday night titled “Fake News Alert.”
“Our attention has been drawn to a fake report circulating on social media with the title, ‘INEC may postpone the February 25 election by a week or two.’
“The commission will not and is not contemplating postponing the 2023 general election. Nigerians should disregard it.
Another report had also quoted Prof. Yakubu as saying the commission was affected by the cash shortage and that a postponement of the election would be in the best interest of Nigerians.
In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, described the claims as false.
“It is not true. INEC will not, and is not even contemplating, postponing the 2023 general election.
“To be sure, the presidential and national assembly elections will take place on February 25, while the governorship and state assembly elections will hold on March 11, 2023,” he stated.