#NigeriaDecides: INEC Speaks On Election Postponement
One thing that Nigerians have to watch out for on election day and the days that will follow is fake news.
While Nigerians prepare to go to bed on Friday, rumours spread that there was a plan to postpone the February 16 election.
This is one election that Nigerians had waited patiently for, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) giving them the assurance that it was ready for the election.
This assurance had continued even while some of their offices got burnt.
Majority of them have their presidential candidate well embedded in their minds even though they have shared their decisions with Bounce News.
To douse the tension that was already brewing while the rumour spread, INEC's National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, asked Nigerians to ignore the rumour.
“If stories are flying about, allow the stories to fly. What they are reporting is not true,” Daily Post quoted him as saying.
While the time for the commencement of accreditation and voting draws nigh, INEC commissioners wet and held talks about the election beyond midnight.
Nigerians will await the outcome of that meeting, even though Mr Okoye had pointed out that it was one of the commissioners' usual meetings.
The rumour was first shared by Sahara Reporters, a media organisation founded by one of the Presidential aspirants, Omoyele Sowore.
The media organisation had said "The 2019 presidential election has been postponed, SaharaReporters can confirm".
That rumour had brought the name of the media establishment to one of the trends on Twitter.
Any postponement of the election will pose a huge loss to the nation's economy, to media organisation that had dispatched their staff to different states in Nigeria, bearing costs in different volumes.
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