For the third time, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed new dates for its presidential primary election.
The exercise will now take place on June 6 and 7, 2022, according to a source.
The APC had previously scheduled the primary for Sunday, May 29th – to Monday, May 30th, 2022.
The Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) has yet to form convention planning committees or organize a screening for all presidential aspirants who purchased and returned their expressions of interest and nomination forms, less than 48 hours before the scheduled date.
The latest development comes just hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gave in to political pressure and extended the primary election deadline by six days.
Mr. Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Electoral Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, said the decision was reached after a meeting with the 18 registered political parties held on Friday in Abuja under the auspices of the Inter-Party Advisory Council IPAC.
The commission had previously denied IPAC’s request for a two-month extension from the June 3 deadline.
The extension, according to Okoye, gives parties more time to compile a list of their nominated candidates as well as their personal information before uploading it to the INEC portal.
After President Muhammadu Buhari left the country to attend the African Union Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, it was reported that the APC presidential primary would not take place.
“Aspirants claim that Buhari’s planned departure will lead to even more dysfunctionality, given that no known screening has taken place so far.”
“They are perplexed; they have no idea when they will be screened or what mode of primary will be used. The APC’s National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, met with President Buhari yesterday, but the outcome is still unknown.” “We’re not even sure if the primary will take place as planned, with no screening three days before the exercise,” a source said.