Election Postponement: A Delay of Celebration For APC - Egbeyemi
Abasi Femi Oguntayo
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was poised for victory on the new dates announced by the INEC, noting that the poll shift only delays celebration of victory by its members.
He expressed confidence that the postponement of the general elections by one week will not stop the All Progressives Congress (APC) from winning the polls.
Egbeyemi however urged party members not to be discouraged by a shift in the dates of the election saying victory is sure for President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates in the general elections.
The Deputy Governor, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Odunayo Ogunmola, spoke on Sunday during a meeting with APC members at his private residence in Ado-Ekiti on the heels of the postponement of the general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Saturday shifted the Presidential and National Assembly election to February 23 and the Governorship and State House of Assembly election to March 9 citing logistics challenges.
Egbeyemi explained that the APC, as a law- abiding party, had campaigned vigorously across the length and breadth of Ekiti and Nigeria and was confident of achieving victory at the polls before the shift was announced.
While noting that although the postponement of the elections was painful, Egbeyemi described it as a price to pay for a long-awaited victory by the APC which he described as a party to beat at the polls.
The deputy governor said party members in Ekiti State has sold the candidacy of President Buhari and other APC candidates to the electorate whom he said are waiting to speak with their votes.
Describing the poll shift as ‘blessing in disguise,’ Egbeyemi recalled that similar postponement in the 2011 and 2015 general elections resulted in overwhelming victories for the party.
Egbeyemi said: “I want to appeal to our teeming party members not to be discouraged by the sudden postponement of the elections by INEC.
“APC members should see the postponement as an opportunity to plan better, strategize better and work harder to ensure victory for our party on February 23 and March 9 just announced by INEC.
“I believe that our party, the APC, will coast home to victory on the new dates for the elections; the postponement will not stop our victory, it only delays it by a week.”