INEC: We’ll conduct 2019 polls with existing laws

Mr. Adebayo Shittu,communications
minister, yesterday,
swore not to campaign for the All
Progressives Congress (APC) governorship
candidate in Oyo state.




Shittu, a close ally of President
Muhammadu Buhari, was one of the
contestants who vied for the governorship
ticket of the APC in Oyo state.
However, reacting to Shittu’s comments,
the state chairman of APC, Chief Akin Oke
simply said: “He (Shittu) was not the only
one who voted for President Buhari in the
2015 election and he is one of the major
beneficiaries in the party. If he said he
would work against the party in the 2019
election, I leave it to his conscience and
God.”




All Progressives Congress members in the House of Representatives and their counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party on
Wednesday traded words over the decision
of President Muhammadu Buhari to
withhold assent to the Electoral Act
(Amendment) Bill.
While the APC Caucus of the House of
Representatives emerged from a closed-
door meeting on Wednesday to back
Buhari’s decision with a vow to ensure
that the National Assembly’s planned move
to override the President’s veto failed, their
PDP counterparts said the President’s
action was against the interest of the
country and they would challenge it.
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) Atiku Abubakar yesterday signed the
2019 general elections peace accord. Atiku
had been conspicuously absent from
Tuesday’s main event, which was attended
by President Muhammadu Buhari and
other candidates.
While his media aide, Paul Ibe, claimed
the candidate was not invited, one of the
conveners of the accord, Matthew Kukah,
insisted an invitation was sent, blaming
administrative error at the PDP’s
secretariat.




President
Muhammadu Buhari has returned the
Electoral Bill to the National Assembly,
stating why he did not sign it.
And yesterday, the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was
moving ahead with its preparation for next
year’s general elections despite the
President’s stand.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
said the commission would conduct next
year’s election using the exiting laws that
are presently valid and in place.

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