ABUJA. — Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan yesterday denied any role in the controversial decision of delaying the presidential elections, amid mounting speculation that he masterminded the postponement.

Nigeria’s electoral commission announced a six-week postponement to the presidential elections, citing fears over security and the Boko Haram insurgency.

The decision to postpone is widely speculated by critics and the country’s main opposition party as a move engineered by the ruling People’s Democratic Party for fear of losing the highly-contested general elections.

“I was not consulted and I do not want to be consulted,” the Nigerian leader said. — Xinhua.