Ondo gov election won’t be postponed – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said the crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not stop it from conducting the Ondo governorship election on the scheduled date.

Chief Press Secretary of the commission, Rotimi Oyekanmi on Wednesday said the crisis in the party was not enough reason to postpone the election scheduled to hold on Novemeber 26.

INEC had announced Jimoh Ibrahim candidate of the Ali Modu faction as the party’s flagbearer but the Ahmed Makarfi faction has approached the Court of Appeal hoping to upturn the decision and pronounce its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.

Oyekanmi said intra-party conflicts are not recognized as one of the reasons INEC should postpone an election under the Electoral Act.

He said, “The process  for postponing or shifting of elections are spelt out in the Electoral Act as amended.  One of the reasons is natural disaster. No aspect of the reasons stated for this include intra-party crisis as we are witnessing in the party you have mentioned.

“Under the Electoral Act, intra-party conflict is not recognised as one of the reasons why INEC  must shift the date of an election we have given notice of since March.

“As I speak today, there is no plan to postpone it. We are going ahead with the election as slated for November 26.”

Oyekanmi also said other parties could sue the commission if it postpones the election because of a party’s crisis.

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