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APC postpones presidential primary to June 6

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its special convention for presidential primary for the  2023 general elections from May 29 to June 6.
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, announced this in a statement hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission extended the deadline for party’s to conduct their primaries.
“Following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s extension of deadline for the submission of list of candidates by political parties, APC hereby postpones its special convention for presidential primary from Sunday, 29th-Monday, 30th of May, 2020, to Monday, 6th-Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022.”
INEC announced the extension of the deadline for political parties to conduct their primaries by six days from June 4 to 10 on Friday evening.
The electoral umpire’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The decision followed a meeting between leaders of various political parties and the leadership of INEC led by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at the commission’s headquarters in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Chairman of IPAC, Sani Yabagi of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), explained that adjusting the timetable of the election became necessary because the current timetable was too tight for the political parties.
According to Okoye, the request was for a 30 to 60 days extension of the timeline for primaries and the nomination of candidates.
He said INEC was emphatic that such an extension could not be granted because it would disrupt other scheduled activities on the timetable.
Okoye said INEC was emphatic that such an extension could not be granted because it would disrupt other scheduled activities on the timetable.

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