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INEC meets on elections campaign

Following the opposition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ban on electioneering during the one week extension of poll, the commission will meet today to review the restriction.

INEC, according to its national chairman’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, would meet to review its position and decide whether or not to reopen campaigns.

The two leading parties have argued that the commission’s restriction has no basis in law.

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NGOs, International observers back INEC

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), both NGOs, joint international observation mission have thrown their weight on INEC’s postponement of the Feb. 16 elections to ensure credible polls.

This was expressed in a statement on Monday in Yola by Mr Tony Awesu, Head of Media of NDI, for the mission on Nigeria’s 2019 election.

According to Awesu, NDI/IRI fully endorsed the postponement of the 2019 elections in Nigeria and will continue to support Nigeria’s democratic development.

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PDP says INEC cannot stop campaigns

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the administrative prohibition of the resumption of political campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contravened the Electoral Law.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.

It would be recalled that INEC had on Saturday shifted the dates for the General Elections a few hours to the opening of polling units across the country, attributing the development to logistical challenges.

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IPMAN directs members to reduce fuel price

In order to ease some burden on travellers during the rescheduled elections, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has directed its members to reduce pump price of petrol.

The association has directed its members to cut the price from N145 per litre to N140.

A statement by the National President of the association, Elder Chinedu Okworonkwo, was issued through the Chairman, IPMAN Kano state chapter, Alhaji Bashir Dan-Malam.

Okworonkwo said the marketers were expected to comply with the directive from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25.

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President Buhari reacts to elections postponement by INEC

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUHARI ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL ELECTIONS BY INEC

I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.

Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.

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IPAC urges Nigerians to support INEC

The Lagos Chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has appealed to Nigerians to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order to deliver credible elections.

The state Chairman of the council, Malam Shakirudeen Olofin, made the call on Saturday in Lagos, while reacting to the rescheduling of the Presidential, National Assembly, governorship and FCT area council polls by the electoral umpire.

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APC criticises election postponement

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the Presidential and National Assembly election by a week.

Mr Festus Keyamo, Director Strategic Communications of the council, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the directorate received with great disappointment and disillusionment the announcement of postponement of the election by INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

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IPAC urges INEC to secure sensitive election materials

The Inter Party Advisory Commission (IPAC) in Oyo State, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that all sensitive materials distributed before the poll was postponed are secured.

INEC has announced a postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly (NASS) elections by one week due to logistical challenges.

IPAC Chairman, Mr Waheed Oyewole, made this call in his reaction to the postponement of the elections earlier slated for Feb. 16 and March 2.

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Atiku calls for calm as INEC postpone elections

Following the postponement of the general elections by one week by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerian to be patient.

Abubakar in a statement that he issued on Saturday in Yola urged Nigerians not to react to the postponement with violence, but come out to vote on the new day.

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PDP conderms elections postponement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the shift in the dates of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), describing it as an `act of wickedness’.

PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus said this in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Ike Abonyi on Saturday in Abuja.

INEC had on Saturday morning shifted the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, while state elections also rescheduled from March 2 to March 9.

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