2023: INEC declines to extend timeline for party primaries

2023: INEC declines to extend timeline for party primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to extend the timeline for the 2023 general elections by two months.



Political parties in the country made the call on Tuesday, saying they wanted slight changes to the primaries’ timeline, as stipulated by the electoral umpire.



This was made known by the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yusuf Yabagi, on Tuesday at a meeting of the electoral umpire and leaders of various political parties at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.



Yabagi said the meeting, which was; well attended by national chairmen of the various parties, including Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Iyorchia Ayu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) resolved that the extension was necessary to help political parties put things in order for the forthcoming general elections.



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However, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu informed the party leaders that the commission would; not review the existing timelines and appealed that primaries be; conducted creditably in order to minimize litigations.


While reminding them of the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states, he called on all the parties to; comply with the provisions in the Electoral Act.


Meanwhile, former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has wooed; Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party delegates for their votes, ahead of the May 28 and May 29 presidential primary election of the party.


Next President


Saraki, along with his team, met with PDP leaders at Ikeja on Monday evening.


He said that if elected as the next president, Lagos State would; be given special attention as an investment destination in the country.


The former governor of Kwara said that Nigeria needed a president with action and courage to stand and take some very bold decisions to reposition the nation.


I am yours

Saraki said, “Please, let me appeal to you, I am your own. Let us work together to ensure that we win at the federal and win at the state.


“There is nobody among all the aspirants that have the same history and closeness to Lagos State as myself. Do not leave your own to go look for someone outside.

“Together we can make this country better. My interest will be your interest. I want to appeal, don’t share your delegate votes, this is my own state. I beg you.”


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