The Coalition of United Political Parties on Sunday asked
member parties to shun the directive by the Independent National
Electoral Commission and resume campaigns ahead of the Saturday’s
presidential election.





Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had during an interactive
session with stakeholders in Abuja on Saturday said political parties
could not resume campaigns despite the postponement of the presidential
election earlier scheduled for February.







Answering a question raised by a former Minister of Aviation, Osita
Chidoka, who represented the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic
Party at the session, Yakubu had said since campaign for the election
ended last Thursday, parties could not resume campaign again.





But CUPP, in a statement by its national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere,
on Sunday said Yakubu’s position was unconstitutional. Ugochinyere said
the nation’s Electoral Act stipulated that shall end 24 hours prior to
the day of election.





He argued that since the presidential election had been shifted to
Saturday, political parties are at liberty to resume campaign till
midnight on Thursday.





He, therefore, asked member parties to resume campaigns from Sunday
and mobilise voters for the presidential candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.


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