Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says bad weather, sabotage, and a host of other factors caused the commission to postpone the elections.

Earlier on Saturday, the INEC Chairman had announced the postponement of the elections by one week.

Addressing a conference in Abuja on Saturday afternoon, he said the commission was prepared for the elections, but had to postpone, as a result of the challenges.

He also noted that sensitive materials had been returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to Yakubu, some materials were not delivered in due time because of bad weather, and such materials that should have been flown by air, had to be transported by road and as such, there was delay.

He attributed the postponement to mainly logistical challenges faced in deploying human and material resources for the conduct of the elections.

He also noted that there had been attempts to sabotage the efforts of the commission referenced in fire incidents that occurred at the commission’s offices in Abia, Plateau and Anambra states.

In attendance at the meeting were prominent personalities including a former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, representatives of election bodies from around the world, as well as local and international election observers and representatives of various political parties.

The meeting is still ongoing.

More to follow…

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