- The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the release of the election timetable is a statutory and routine duty of the electoral body
- However, the founder of the National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP), Alhaji Umaru Mohammed, Maizabura, faults INEC for announcing the dates for the 2019 general elections two years ahead of time
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is fully prepared for the 2019 general elections, following the release of the dates for the presidential and governorship polls.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Malam Bolaji, said the release of the election timetable was a statutory, normal and routine duty of the electoral body.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed February 16, 2019, as the date for the next presidential election in the country.
The INEC national commissioner in charge of the south-west, Solomon Soyebi, made the announcement at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, March 9.
Soyebi disclosed that the commission also fixed the governorship/state assembly/Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections for Saturday, March 2, 2019.
But the founder of the National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP), Alhaji Umaru Mohammed Maizabura, has faulted INEC for announcing the dates for the 2019 general elections two years ahead of time.
He said there has never seen a time when elections’ dates were announced over two years to the actual time.
“This is really curious because INEC is running faster than its shadows; they are simply telling us to start campaigning and this means the government in power will change its focus. Politicians would be running here and there looking for money to start campaigning,” he said.