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INEC presents riot act to all political parties

Grace Okon
The Honorable Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has presented the riot act to all political parties in the country over their primaries.
He added that there is a need for it to be completed between now and the next 24 days, as indicated in the electoral timetable that was released by the commission.
Prof. Yakubu stated this at the INEC headquarters during the second quarter meeting of the commission with the political party leaders in Abuja.
Based on the report from Prof. Yakubu, all the 18 political parties have forwarded their primaries scheduled activities, and some parties have already commenced the process of choosing their candidates by conducting ward and local government congress.
According to him “the period for the conduct of primaries by political parties started on the 4th of April 2022 and will end on the 3rd of June 2022 exactly 24 days from today”.
” Twice in the last two weeks, the commission had cause to remind the political parties of the necessity for strict compliance with the timelines for the primaries, and that there would be no review of the timeline”.
Prof Yakubu added that there are so many inter-related activities that are associated with the timeline, which must be carried out, and any review to extend the timeline for one activity would affect other activities and put unnecessary pressure on both the commission and the political parties.
The following political parties were present at the meeting, Action Alliance (AA),
All Progressives Congress(APC), Action People Party(APP), New Nigeria People Party(NNPP), National Rescue Movement(NRM), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and all their newly elected executive were present at the meeting too.
Engineer Yabagi Yusuf Sani, the chairman of the inter-party advisory council, IPAC, appealed to the Commission to extend the timeline to enable the political parties enough time to screen their candidates due to the high numbers of the influx of aspirants across political parties.
 Sani said:  “Consequent on our belief in your clear vision, heroic and patriotic intentions, IPAC has on its part, all along, chosen to remain a reliable partner and a formidable pillar by being consistent in its support and defence of INEC on the series of the administrative reforms and introduction of technology which in our view, are with the noble objectives of further enhancing the efficiency of the electoral process.
“We are not unmindful of the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act concerning timelines in the electoral process. We are, however, of the  view that our request will not, in any way, affect the Electoral Acts and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’

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