AS PRESIDENTIAL AND NASS CAMPAIGNS BEGIN ON SUNDAY.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has advised political parties to conduct themselves within the ambits of the law as they commence campaigns for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections Sunday.
In its official twitter handle, @inecnigeria, the electoral umpire urged the parties to “conduct their activities in an organized and peaceful manner, devoid of rancor, hate and/or inflammatory speeches.”
The commission further explained that the campaign will commence on the 18th of November in line with the section 99(1) of the electoral law, 2010 as amended which stipulates that “the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day.”
Governorship and House of Assembly campaigns will commence on the 1st of December, 2018.
There are about 72 presidential candidates contesting for the office of the president, with the People’s Democratic Party being the major contender in the race. Of this number, only about two are women, Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Eunice Atuejide of the National Interest Party(NIP).
There are a handful of young people in the race with president Muhammadu Buhari of the All progressives Congress(APC), and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), being the oldest.
As they hit the roads tomorrow to sell themselves to the electorate on why they want to rule the country, what should form the major interest of the populace is performance above all. The ability to act fast and take charge of situations, and the courage to make people oriented policies not targeted at scoring cheap political points but rather at emancipating the citizens from their present dilemma.
The coming days will also provide opportunity for Nigerians to know what the new and younger politicians have to offer, as their popularity will be tested across the country as they transverse the nook and cranny of the land.