CUPP Defies INEC, Asks Members To Continue Campaign

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on its members to continue its campaign efforts in support of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

This is despite an announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) saying that there is no more room for campaigning.

Speaking to newsmen, Imo Ugochinyeresaid it is wrong for INEC to expect political parties to stop campaigns when elections will hold on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
According to Daily Post, Ugochinyere said that Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act states that campaigns should end 24 hours prior to the day of elections.
“It is therefore wrong to expect that political parties will stop campaigns on 14th February for Polls that will open on 23rd February”, it reads.
“It is unlawful and statutorily wrong to curtail the clear intendment of this Section of the Electoral Act which is clear and unambiguous.
“Campaigning until 24 hours prior to the day of polling is a statutory right of parties and cannot be taken away, curtailed or abridged by any executive fiat. INEC cannot on its own accord limit the period of campaigns as it is regulated by law.
“Member parties are hereby directed to continue campaigns from today and focus on voter remobilization and ensure that our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is elected and declared winner of the Presidential election,” he added.
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