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2019 Elections: APC, PDP Counter INEC, Vow To Resume Campaigns

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say they will resume campaigns, in spite of INEC’s order directing parties not to campaign this week.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had on Saturday, while giving reasons for the postponement of the February 16 elections, said campaigns had ended on Thursday.

But the APC and the PDP on Sunday said they would continue with their campaigns.

A report obtained by the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, monitored in Kano, on Sunday, said that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and a Director in the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Senator Rabiu Kwankwasoas said the electoral laws allowed for campaigns to go on until 24 hours before polls.

Kwankwaso said, “Nobody asked that the elections should be delayed. So, since the elections have been postponed, they (INEC) should allow everybody to campaign.

“Everybody knows that what the electoral law says is that campaigns can continue until 24 hours to the elections so since the elections have been postponed by one week, political parties should continue with their campaigns.”

The BBC reported that the APC chairman said the electoral law allowed for campaigns until 24 hours before the commencement of polls.

He said, “INEC cannot go contrary to what the law says. Everyone knows that campaigns can only be suspended 24 hours to an election, I will continue with campaigns on Sunday (yesterday) because if we don’t campaign, people will not come out and vote.

“We will tell the people what happened has happened. Let them come out and vote for the President (Muhammadu Buhari). For one week, if we don’t talk, people will forget; we will campaign.”

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