"Is it a crime to be a Nigerian? My traditional marriage date was shifted from February 16 to 23," lamented Mr Desmond Oriah, a resident of Bayelsa State. 

His dream of getting married to his sweet-heart has received another blow, and he was visibly angry when he spoke to Bounce News

Mr Oriah is one of the persons that the postponement of Nigeria's general election dealt a big blow.

Yenagoa is the capital of Bayelsa State and it was calm on Saturday, as residents were seen going about their activities.

Bounce News visited some communities within the state capital, to ascertain the effect the postponement of the Presidential and other elections had on residents.

Bayelsa residents express displeasure over electio

Along Mbiama - Yenagoa Road, from Akenfa, through Agudama, Edepie, Tombia to Okutukutu communities, few commercial vehicles were seen picking and dropping passengers.

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At Opolo community, a corps member, who simply identified herself as Beatrice, said she regretted working as ad-hoc staff of the electoral commission at this time of her National Youth Service. 

"We were not properly mobilised.

"My colleagues and l sat outside a locked classroom at Amassoma community from 5:p.m. to 3:18 a.m. When we heard about the postponement.  

"I have decided not to go again next week no matter what the outcome might be for me," she finalised.

Businesses got a share of the effect the decision had on activities.

Shops in a market in Amassoma community were under lock and keys while few traders and their customers transacted business by the side of the road.

Bayelsa residents express displeasure over electio

Kpansia market, which usually has it's big day on Saturdays, was in session. 

People affected the most are those that have fixed their weddings for February 23 and Mr Oriah appears to be leading the pack.

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He is a lecturer at the Niger Delta University (NDU), located at Amassoma, and he told Bounce News that his traditional marriage had been postponed three times and he was getting worried. 

"The first time was on December 29, but my in-laws lost their uncle, so we settled for January 27.

"Before that day, Mr Oriah my father suffered from partial stroke and the marriage was shifted again to February 23 which was supposed to be after the elections."

He wiped his face with a handkerchief and continued: "As it stands now, I want lNEC to fix date for us because we are confused". 

Bayelsa residents express displeasure over electio

At Onopa Roundabout, a Road Safety Marshall, Preye Enebeli, revealed that the postponement could not change the final result of the election.

"The more they postpone this election, the more angry Nigerians become.

"With that anger, more people will definitely go out and vote next week Saturday.

Enebeli said he would sponsor 50 eligible voters from his home town to their polling units.

Hitting his right palm on his chest, he boasted: "I will pay for my people to go and usher in a new, glorious era".

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