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“Why is INEC rushing?”: APC threatens to boycott Adamawa supplementary elections

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“Why is INEC rushing?”: APC threatens to boycott Adamawa supplementary elections

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa has threatened to boycott the supplementary governorship election if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insists on conducting it this Thursday.

The State Organising Secretary of APC, Ahmed Lawan, said on Thursday that it has rejected the Thursday date and communicated its position to the electoral body.

“We are not going to participate in the election if INEC is going to conduct it on Thursday. I don’t know why INEC is rushing, as conducting this election on Thursday will disenfranchise many voters, particularly workers and students who need to go to work and schools,” Lawan said.

INEC had previously announced Thursday, March 28th for the supplementary election in 44 units following the vacation of an interim injunction which stopped it from conducting the election last Saturday.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratci Party (PDP) in Adamawa, Tahir Shehu, whose candidate (Ahmadu Fintiri) is leading with a difference of over 30,000 votes, said they were ready for the election.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Adamawa, Kassim Gaidam, has said that the commission will hold the election as scheduled on Thursday. He urged all the parties involved to work toward a hitch-free poll.

Bottomline: The APC’s complaint is not a very good one. The country routinely announces public holidays for every kind of festivity imaginable. Gov. Bindow himself announced a holiday during the voter registration exercise, when he was worried about the low number of registered voters. Announcing another holiday for Thursday would be in order.

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