The Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, found reasons to reject the new date, March 28, 2019, fixed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the supplementary gubernatorial poll in the state.
INEC, in response to a court ruling, had said it would announce a new date for the supplementary election on Tuesday.
INEC had, while reacting on its official Twitter page, said, ”Following the discharge of the injunction stopping the supplementary governorship election by the Adamawa State High Court in the case instituted by the Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy, MRDD, against INEC the Commission will now proceed with the supplementary election on a date to be made known before the end of work today.”
Update on Adamawa Governorship Supplementary Election pic.twitter.com/4rSzF5sahB
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) March 26, 2019
However, the APC in a swift reaction same Tuesday rejected INEC’s decision claiming that the party was not consulted before a new date was fixed for the poll. The party’s position was made known by the Organising Secretary of the party, Ahmed Lawal.
“INEC failed to consult with political parties involved in this election before going ahead to fix a new date for the re-run.
“We, therefore, became suspicious due to rumours in town earlier that supplementary election would be conducted on Thursday and it turned out to be true.
“We are not afraid of re-run election, but INEC should have done the right thing.
“How can you fix an election on a working day? Are civil servants not going to participate in the election?
“We are going to forward our protest on the matter to INEC,’’ he said.