The commission cited security reasons for the postponement. The commission had initially insisted that there would be no shift in the election date.
Ojezua regretted that political parties had spent much time and huge resources in electioneering campaigns in the past weeks. The statement read in part:
“First, the shift in the date for the election was announced without due consultation with critical stakeholders which include the All Progressives Congress.
“We believe that the timing and mode of communication by security agencies could have been better handled by having regards to the very hard work and huge resources deployed towards the election by all concerned.