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Buhari Delays Electoral Act: Raises Concern Over APC, PDP Delegates’ List

There are lots of Skepticism over the delegates’ lists of political parties, including the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the delay by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in signing the amendment version of the Electoral Act,

Chieftains of these major political parties disclosed that the President’s assent to the amended Act would enable parties to know the exact number of delegates that would vote during presidential primaries as statutory delegates were not included in the existing version of the law.

Meanwhile, weeks after PDP has scheduled its presidential primary to hold on May 28 and 29, the APC has said its presidential Primary election has been rescheduled to hold on May 29, 2022.

Almost 14 days to the primaries, the parties are not certain whether or not statutory delegates will vote with the President’s delay in signing the amended Electoral Act.

With the new adjustment, APC will be kicking off its primary few hours after PDP concludes its national convention, while the governorship primaries billed to hold today (Friday) has been postponed till next week Thursday.

This was contained in a statement signed by APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka. He said the new dates were approved by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) at its meeting on Wednesday.

The statement reads: “The NWC has approved an adjusted timetable/schedule of activities for the governorship, state House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Presidential primaries and appeals as follows:

“Governorship and House of Representatives – Thursday, May 26; Senate and House of Assembly, Friday, May 27; and special convention for presidential primary holds Sunday, May 29 to Monday, May 30.

“For election appeals: Governorship and House of Representatives holds May 27, while Senate and House of Assembly holds May 28.”

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