Nigeria is to hold a delayed presidential election this Saturday after the initial vote was rescheduled in a dramatic overnight press conference, five hours before polls were due to have opened.
The last-minute cancellation surprised the country and inconvenienced thousands of Nigerians who had travelled a long way to cast their votes.
According to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry the delayed presidential election has also cost the economy 1.5 billion dollars.
The BBC reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has given several reasons for the delay, including attempted sabotage and logistical issues such asbad weather and problems with delivering the ballot papers.
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and its main challenger, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have both condemned the postponement and accused each other of trying to manipulate the vote.
In a statement issued on the day of the postponement, the APC alleged the PDP wanted to halt the momentum of its candidate, President MUHAMMADU BUHARI.
The PDP, whose presidential contender is ATIKU ABUBAKAR, on the other hand said Inec had delayed the election to create “the space to perfect their rigging plans”.