2019 Election postponement: President Buhari speaks

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the 2019 election postponement, which was announced earlier today.

Nigerians across the country had been anticipating the kick off of the 2019 presidential election, which was scheduled to hold today, before it was postponed to 23rd February 2019.

2019 Election postponement President Buhari speaks lailasnews
2019 Election postponement President Buhari speaks



I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.

Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.

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INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.

This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.

We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.

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While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.

I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.

I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.

Muhammadu Buhari

Daura, February 16, 2019


  1. This country
    And we are expecting

    Inec postponing election is also part of d change we are expecting now

  2. You are a good leader Mr. PMB, you have spoken the minds of ordinary Nigerians with this your press release. God bless you and make you win

  3. Our country is a lawless country,it mean we don’t have any say.we just accept and adapt to whatever come our way.God bless Nigeria

  4. Mr President, most u lie? Why have u so sell yourself too cheap that even the people who trust in u before have lost confidence in u

  5. Thank God you are aware the election was cancelled…. unlike you, always being the last person to Know what happens in your country. Safe journey as you get to Abuja.

  6. Nigeria is so unorganized and in disorder. Sometimes, I’m ashamed of being called a Nigerian. I hope we move forward soon.

  7. Everybody will be saying is the plan of apc I see such people as morons they failed to understand common reason why the election was postponed

  8. Our country is a lawless country,it mean we don’t have any say.we just accept and adapt to whatever come our way.God bless Nigeria

  9. I recommend the President for that apology statement…. U have to make sure that the INEC chairman doesn’t give excuses on the new dates

  10. It’s well we must surely get there.any day they are ready to conduct the election God will appoint the right man for use

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