INEC extends primary election deadline by 6 days.
Written by News Room on May 28, 2022
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has bowed to pressure and extended the deadline for political parties to conduct their primaries for the 2023 general election.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the Commission took the decision to extend the deadline for the conduct of primaries after a meeting with the 18 registered political parties under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) yesterday in Abuja.
IPAC had earlier sought a two-month extension from the June 3 deadline, a demand that was vehemently rejected by the Commission.
The development came on a day the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was neck-deep in the final preparations for its national convention, which would hold in today Abuja to elect its presidential candidate.
This was even as the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa has ruled that former President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to contest the 2023 presidential election.