Roughly 24-hours to the supplementary elections in Adamawa State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened to ditch the exercise if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insists on conducting it on Thursday.
The statement is coming after vacation of an interim injunction that stopped the conduct of the supplementary election on March 23, 2019.
Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, Organising Secretary of APC in the state, made the party’s position known on Wednesday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. According to Lawan, “the party has rejected the Thursday date and communicated its position to the electoral body. We are not going to participate in the election if INEC is going to conduct it on Thursday. I don’t know why INEC is rushing, as conducting this election on Thursday will disenfranchise many voters, particularly workers and students who need to go to work and schools”.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its chairman, Tahir Shebi, said it is ready for the polls. Kassim Gaidam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Adamawa, said the commission would hold the election as scheduled on Thursday. Gaidam urged all the parties involved to work towards a hitch-free poll.