Elections shift: Gbenga Daniel faults call for INEC chair’s resignation

The Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council , South , Gbenga Daniel , has said his party suspects foul play in the postponement of the general elections.

Daniel , who expressed shock at the announcement , said he believed the Independent National Electoral Commission took the decision to serve certain interests .

He noted that although he supported the calls for sanctions , the chairman of INEC , Prof . Mahmood Yakubu , should be allowed to finish his job first , adding that sacking him now could create bigger problems .

The former Ogun State governor spoke on Saturday at his house in the Sagamu GRA , Sagamu , Ogun State.

He said , “This was an election that INEC had three years to plan for and even a few days ago , we had assurances that everything was set to go .

I am really in shock . I don’ t know their reason . The INEC chairman spoke of logistics , but I don’ t seem to understand it .

“ The international observers , some of them have been here for the last two weeks, what do you want them to do ? It is really not a good day for politics in Nigeria and in Africa .

“ Definitely , there is no smoke without fire . Yes , INEC is supposed to be independent , but they have appointed officers and there are people who confirm the appointment .

Definitely , this appears to be the voice of Jacob, but the hand of Esau .

“ Nigerians will not give room for foul play . But we should place them on notice that this is not about an election between individuals.

It is between INEC and Nigerians . INEC must be loyal to Nigerians.

“ It may not be easy for the INEC chairman to resign , except we want to create a bigger problem .

If the election is next week and you ask him to resign , there will be problems .

We should ask him to conduct the elections first before we talk about sanctions . ”

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