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According to a news report reaching Tropic Reporters has it that President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate was in an emergency meeting with senior members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Monday over the postponement of Nigeria’s presidential election. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which announced the delay five hours before polls which was due to hold last Saturday, said the election would now be held on Saturday 23rd February, 2019.

Buhari, in power since 2015, faces a tight election contest against former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Both men urged voters to stay calm after the delay was announced.

Nigeria’s Buhari says reasons for election delay should be investigated after vote

Atiku later said Buhari’s administration was behind the delayed elections, without offering any evidence.

The electoral commission said the postponement was due solely to logistical factors and denied political pressure had played any part in the decision.

Presidential elections in 2011 and 2015 were also delayed over logistics and security issues.