The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has yielded to pressure from the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and extended the deadline for the completion of primaries by six days, from June 3 to June 9.
Several of the 18 registered political parties reportedly told the electoral umpire that they needed to address a number of issues before fielding candidates for the 2023 presidential election.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was reportedly one of the parties that argued for an extension of time.
The ruling party has shifted its primary election dates to June 6, 7, and 8. Originally, the exercise was scheduled for May 29/30.
INEC’s extension of the deadline has provided parties with additional time to fine-tune their processes and strategies for the nomination of their presidential candidate.
It was learned that the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would continue with its programmes despite the extension.
SHAUNTV NEWS According to reports on Saturday, the APC has neither formed a screening committee nor screened its presidential candidates a day before its presidential primary.
Stakeholders of the APC were reportedly equally confused and uncertain about zoning and the mode of primary to adopt for the nomination of its presidential candidate.
The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) postponed indefinitely the screening scheduled for Monday.
According to party sources, the delegates remained in their home states because there was no direction regarding the presidential primary. According to Daily Trust Saturday, key stakeholders are still in states holding primaries for other positions. Currently, party senatorial primaries are taking place in the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A party leader stated that screening could be conducted on the eve of the primary.
“There is no reason to be alarmed. “We are on track,” he stated. This paper had on Friday exclusively reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday requested the party leaders and governors of the party to guarantee the presidential primary is free and fair.
An supporter of the president said that throughout his meeting with the governors, Buhari was mute about his favoured choice.
With the new development, APC stakeholders say the party would re-strategise as negotiations and horse-trading continued, even as there is a likelihood of the party postponing its primaries.
Barrister Felix Morka, the APC’s national publicity secretary, did not answer his call nor respond to a text message sent to him regarding the issue as of the time this report was filed last night.