Action Democratic Party Rejects Timetable Released By INEC For 2019 General Elections
The timetable and schedule of activities which was issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, January 9, has been rejected by the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Daily Trust reports. The development was made public by the national chairman of the party, Engineer Yabaji Yusuf Sani, in a chat with newsmen on Thursday, January 11, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
It is gathered that Sani took fault with the scheduling of the presidential election before the governorship polls. The electoral commission had fixed the presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, February 16, 2019; and scheduled Saturday, March 2, 2019 for governorship and state assembly elections. However, Sani sought for a situation whereby the 2019 general elections would begin with the state assembly elections and round up with the presidential election. He alleged that there was a plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the polls.
Sani stated: “The order of the elections as released by the INEC is one thing we are not comfortable with because once you have a president sitting there, then he calls the shots. “He can have his way against the wishes of the people of the country. So, this is one area we are not comfortable with and I think that area can be looked into.”
Although ahead of the 2019 presidential election, the Action Democratic Party has begun scheming to gain victory at the polls. In an interview, the party’s south-south zonal coordinator and former Senate chief whip, Rowland Owie, noted that in order to achieve its aim, the ADP had zoned its presidential and vice presidential tickets to the north and the southeast respectively. According to Owie, this was in order to gain support of voters in both regions.