The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar will address today by 9am
“H.E Atiku Abubakar will be addressing the nation tomorrow at 9:00 via Facebook and Twitter,” he said.
The reason for Atiku’s address is yet unknown.
However, it maybe unconnected to the Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections.
A last-minute delay of Nigeria’s general elections by a week jolted investor confidence in the country’s democracy, and harbors peril for the campaigns of both President Muhammadu Buhari and his main opponent, Abubakar.
The electoral commission said Saturday that the postponement of general elections just hours before polls were due to open was for logistical reasons, and not the result of political interference or security concerns.
Yet, the move, announced in the middle of the night, reinforces opposition criticisms that state institutions under Buhari aren’t independent or competent enough.
Poll is now scheduled to hold on Saturday 23 for the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The delays recorded since 2007 reflect “a systemic failure of leadership at the highest level of government, and suggests that our electoral process is deliberately skewed in favour of politicians’ interests,” civic group Social and Economic Rights Accountability Project said in a statement.
In northeastern Nigeria, three suicide bombers struck a mosque in the city of Maiduguri around 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, killing eight people. A police spokesman said they were suspected militants of the Boko Haram Islamist group.
Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram’s decade-long insurgency to impose its version of Shariah law on Nigeria. The city has mostly been secure in recent months, even as Boko Haram and a breakaway faction affiliated to Islamic State have wreaked havoc in the rest of Borno.
The election postponement cost Nigeria an estimated $2.23 billion, taking into account lost productivity and losses incurred by the electoral commission and the political parties only, according to Lagos-based business advisory SBM Intelligence.