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FAKE NEWS: APC says report of its primary election timetable is false
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as “fake” a report making the rounds on the social media, saying that the party has released the timetable for its primary elections.
Yekini Nabena, Acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, made this known in a statement on Monday.
“Our attention has been drawn to a timetable circulating in the social media and published today (August 23, 2018) in Daily Times Newspaper, purportedly for the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries for State House of Assembly, National Assembly, Governorship and Presidential positions. The timetable is fake and should be disregarded. The Party is yet to announce its official timetable for the listed primaries,” Nabena clarified.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had, in January this year, published a timetable that will culminate in the general election by February 2019.
According to the notice, which was signed by INEC’s Secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, the conduct of primaries by political parties should commence by August 18, 2018, and end on October 7. This will be followed by the commencement of campaigns on November 18 (for Presidential and National Assembly elections), and December 1 (for Governorship and State Assembly elections).
Campaigns should end on February 14 and February 28, while election proper will be held on February 16, and March 2, for the Presidency and National Assembly, and Governorship and State Assemblies respectively.
Meanwhile, the APC announced that it has recommenced its nationwide membership registration exercise, to be carried out simultaneously across the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.