The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would continue its campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections despite the prohibition of such activities by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, said this in a report broadcast by the Hausa Service of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Sunday.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, while responding to a question at a briefing of election stakeholders on the postponement of the 2019 elections on Saturday, said campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections remain closed.
However, Oshiomhole said the pronouncement of the INEC Chairman was not the same as the Electoral Act 2010 ( as amended), which permitted political parties to campaign up to 24 hours before an election.
The APC National Chairman said: “INEC cannot go contrary to what the law says. Everyone knows that campaigns can only be suspended 24 hours to an election, I will continue with campaigns on Sunday (yesterday) because if we don’t campaign, people will not come out and vote.
“We will tell the people what happened has happened. Let them come out and vote for the President (Muhammadu Buhari). For one week, if we don’t talk, people will forget; we will campaign.”
However, it has been gathered that INEC would take the final decision on Monday (today) on whether political parties can resume campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, stated this on Sunday.
“On the issue of campaigns, the commission will meet tomorrow (Monday) and take a decision on the matter”, he said.