Celebrities react to elections postponement


Nigerian celebrities have shared many reactions since the postponement of the general elections and one feeling binds them as one disappointment.
The postponement of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has invited criticism from across board.
The body in charge of conducting elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), earlier fixed February 16 and March 2, for voting but had to shift it to a further date based on a lack of preparation.
This development announced via INEC’s Twitter today has invited a feeling of discontent in Nigeria especially among its public figures. The interest concerning how the country is faring in the aspect of development has grown among the populace especially with those that are informed.
Radio presenter Toke Makinwa was one of the contributors to the discussion both on her Instagram and Twitter.
Just like many other Nigerians spread all over the country, casting their votes at the polls that has now been shifted to February 23 and March 9, respectively would have acted as a tool that can help fix many national concerns particularly poverty.
An expressive Makinwa will not be discouraged as she hopes to “vote out incompetence” on the new dates.
The OAP received support from fellow presenter Dotun of Cool FM. He agreed with her about how bad things look from the citizens point of view.
But it did not and has caused Dotun to feel slighted alongside Makinwa.
Rather than feeling depressed about the setback, singer Banky W sees it as an opportunity to sensitise people more on a need to vote.
His thoughts were different from most. It depicted an unrelenting optimism, one that is able to offer encouragement.
“Our elections have been postponed until Feb 23rd. One more week to spread the word. Delay is not denial. We will be here.”
The path seem a blurry one even though the incumbent President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has promised more development if he is elected the second time.
Actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington asks, “How can you cancel elections at 2am? 5 hours before it’s meant to start?”. Her husband Banky W is one of many concerned celebrities. He is running for a seat in the federal parliament to represent the Eti-Osa constituency on the Lagos Island.
He could have been voted in today. No wonder his wife Adesua was not pleased after learning about the new dates for voting.
Another way to process the postponement of the elections is the impact it has had on social activities.
The Beat FM radio presenter Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi did not sugarcoat her feelings.
She was pretty blunt and desires sharp consequences for the man in charge at INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
Simi has been vocal about social issues especially since the start of the new year. After so much preparations for the elections, she is also concerned about a mentally exhausting postponement.
She wonders when her country will get it right.
Falz also joined in the conversation concerning the disappointing news of elections postponement.
The comments he shared on social media after INEC’s decision was announced suggests anger — an extreme version of it.
No matter the delay, the rapper thinks a change is imminent. It will be attempted when ballot boxes are eventually opened to the electorates on the new dates fixed for voting.

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