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PDP Dares INEC, Reopens Campaign

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dared the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday by reopening its campaign.

Bukola Saraki, Atiku Abubakar and Uche Secondus
Bukola Saraki, Atiku Abubakar and Uche Secondus

This is even as the Independent National Electoral Commission said it would take the final decision on Monday to determine whether political parties should resume campaigns.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party Kola Ologbondiyan said the PDP was reopening campaigns consequent upon the postponement of PResidential and National Assembly elections by INEC.

INEC had postponed the general election from the 16 to 23rd of February, 2019 after spending three hours at a stakeholder meeting.

The party says it rejects the wrongful administrative prohibition of open campaigns by INEC, holding that such administrative pronouncement was erroneous, directly in conflict with the provision of the Electoral Act and is not backed by any other law in our country.

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“Our position is predicated on the clear provision of section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act which stipulated that “for the purposes of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day”.

“The clear import of this provision, in the current situation, is that given the postponement of the election to February 23, 2019, the 24 hours requirement for closure of all public campaigning falls at midnight of February 21.”

The PDP reminded INEC that whenever its administrative pronouncement conflicts with the Electoral Act, such administrative pronouncement must bow before the law.

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The party charged INEC to be appropriately guided while directing its members to await further directives ahead of its reopening of campaigns.

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