The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has directed it’s members to resume campaigns against the directive of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, had during an interactive session with stakeholders in Abuja on Saturday said political parties could not resume campaigns despite the postponement of the elections.
However, the CUPP in a statement by its 1st National Spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere on Sunday said Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act provides that public campaigns shall end 24 hours prior to the day of Polling.
“It is therefore wrong to expect that political parties will stop campaigns on 14th February for Polls that will open on 23rd February.” Ugochinyere argued.
He added, “Campaigning until 24 hours prior to the day of polling is a statutory right of parties and cannot be taken away, curtailed or abridged by any executive fiat. INEC cannot on its own accord limit the period of campaigns as it is regulated by law.
“Member parties are hereby directed to continue campaigns from tomorrow and focus on voter remobilization and ensure that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is elected and declared winner of the Presidential election.”
Ugochinyere informed that the campaigns will end by midnight of Thursday 21st February, 2019 as required by Law.