Postponement: Osun residents stay indoors for hours

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Aftermath of postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, residents of Osogbo and another parts of Osun State kept in doors for early hours of the days.

Market women, shop owners and commercial vehicle operators, including motorcyclists and mini buses, were not on the road until around 10.00 am.

Many claimed not to be aware of the postponement of the elections on time.

In major streets of Osogbo, including Olaiya junction, Gbaemu, Oja-Oba, Olu-Ode, Ayetoro, Old Garage and Oke-Ifa, people were in groups discussing the postponement.

As it was in Osogbo, the state capital same way was what happened in Ilesa, Ife, Iwo, Ila and other major cities.

The postponement was received mixed feelings.

While some agreed that the INEC did well by postponing the electoral exercise other said because it will allow adequate logistic preparation other maintained what it will  cost the nation is far more unreasonable.

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Reacting to the development, the Executive Director, Ola-Oni Centre for Social and Research, Comrade Wale Adebisi, condemned the postponement.

The human rights activist said postponement if at all necessary should have been announced earlier because of its economic costs and implication of those participating in the execercise.

Also, the Director General of a socio-political society, the Oranmiyan Group, Olajide Sadiq, said postponement is in order, adding that it would give some states lagging behind in preparation an opportunity to participate

He said: “The only way for the INEC to conduct credible election to make all stakeholders participate and exercise their civic duties. Though it is unfortunate that huge find had been expended so far but what is far more important is a credible and successful conduct of election.” END

 

 

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