The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday urged Federal Government to declare a day or two as public holidays so that Nigerians can travel for the rescheduled general elections on Saturday 23rd February, 2019.
President of the Congress0, Comrade Ayuba Wabba while reacting to posponement of the elections, asked Nigerians to put it behind and be prepared for the rescheduled date.
“We at the Nigerian Labour Congress join other Nigerians in expressing shock at the last minute postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
“We share in the pains of those who in an uncommon show of patriotism, had to travel long distances to perform their civic duty.
“We similarly understand the outrage of those who had incurred huge and unquantifiable logistic costs”
The NLC boss further said no explanation would be good enough, given INEC’s repeated assurances and the zeal of Nigerians to cast their vote.
“In light of this, we enjoin all Nigerians to quickly put behind them this ugly incident and brace up for the rescheduled election next weekend.
“In spite of huge costs to them, we call on all Nigerians to self-mobilise on the same scale that they did the previous weekend.
“Let them not be disillusioned or react to this postponement in a manner that will create voter-apathy. This will certainly be counter productive and will in the long run work against the interests of the electorate.
“We call on institutions to be flexible with their staff to enable them travel in good time to perform this important civic duty even if it means government declaring a day or two public holiday to achieve this.
“As for INEC, we do hope they have learnt their lesson. On no account ever again, should they allow this to happen. All effort and expertise must be deployed by INEC to guarantee free, fair and credible elections,” Wabba said.