– INEC has disclosed that there is no room for campaign by Presidential and NASS Candidates despite the postponement of the election
Following the latest decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission on the Postponement of 2019 General Election, the Electoral body has however, made it known that it is not a room for political parties, Presidential and National Assembly candidates to carry on with political campaign rallies.
This statement was made public by the Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Oyo State, Mr. Mutiu Agboke.
The Oyo State REC in his statement declared that all Presidential and National Assembly candidates that will contest in the rescheduled Election can not carry out any campaign rally before Saturday.
Mr. Agboke made this known through a telephone call to a radio station Fresh FM, Oyo state during it Ibadan’s weekly political circuit programme.
He also made it known that the postponement of the election became necessary owing to the shortage of election materials.
He said, “There is no window for campaigns for political parties. There is still room for governorship and house of assembly. For the purpose of our time table, we have foreclosed the campaign for presidential and national assembly election.”
When he was asked to explained further on the said logistics problem, Agboke stated, “I am not a member of the committee that procured them. I am only the resident electoral commissioner. I’m only to receive these materials and when they’ve not come, I can’t fabricate materials.”
On how credible the elections would be owing to the postponement, Agboke responded that, “As I speak to you, we have retrieved all the sensitive materials to the state office. We have tightened up the security. We have within our premises the full presence of various categories of the Nigeria Police Force; the people in the red cap, the people in the black cap, the regular police that you know. In fact, they have been reinforced with the presence of the Nigerian Army. They are all here, knowing that we have all these materials back to the state office. So, the materials are intact; nothing has happened to them and nothing will happen to them.”