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APC Postpones Presidential Primaries By 8 Days

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has postponed its presidential primary elections by 8 days, from May 29 to June 6.

This was announced in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission extended the deadline for parties to conduct their primaries.

“Following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s extension of the deadline for the submission of list of candidates by political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) hereby postpones its Special Convention for Presidential Primary from Sunday, 29th-Monday, 30th of May, 2020, to Monday, 6th-Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022,” the short statement read.

Recall that INEC had earlier announced the extension of the deadline for political parties to conduct their primaries by six days on Friday evening, against an initial deadline of June 3. The extension of the deadline, therefore, covers the six days between June 4 and 9.

The extension of the deadline was announced in a statement in Abuja on Friday, by Festus Okoye, the electoral umpire’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee.

Loconaija gathered that the decision followed a meeting between leaders of various political parties and the leadership of INEC led by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja.

At the meeting, party leaders under the umbrella of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) appealed to INEC to adjust the timetable for the forthcoming polls.

The leader of the council, Sani Yabagi of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), explained that adjusting the timetable of the election became necessary because the current timetable was too tight for the political parties.

According to Okoye, the request was for a 37 – 60 days extension of the timeline for primaries and the nomination of candidates.

He said INEC was emphatic that such an extension could not be granted because it would disrupt other scheduled activities on the timetable.

He explained that the parties then pleaded with the commission to use the six days between June 4 and 9 to conclude outstanding primaries and prepare to upload the list of candidates and their affidavits on the INEC Candidates Nomination Portal.

“The commission has decided to allow the request of the political parties since the six-day period does not conflict with the next scheduled activity which is the submission of the list of nominated candidates or any of the subsequent timelines which remain sacrosanct,” he said.

“However, this request is granted in respect of outstanding primaries only without prejudice to those already concluded by political parties. The commission will not monitor already concluded primaries.”

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