Nigerian President Directs Loyalists to Follow INEC Guidelines for Campaigns

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As Nigerians await more aspirants to the office of the presidency of the country to make their intentions known, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his campaign officials and loyalists to ensure that they keep strictly to the guidelines for the campaigns.

A close ally of the president at the weekend said he does not want to jump the gun on the timetable set out by the Independent National Electoral Commission for anyone to kick-start campaigns for 2019 election.

The source said this cautious approach by President Buhari explains why he chose the reserved atmosphere at the last meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress to declare his interest to go for a second term.

INEC had cautioned politicians and political parties to ensure that they do not engage in campaigns outside the timeframe stipulated for it as it is capable of heating up the polity and creating confusion.

According to the INEC 2019 election timetable, party primaries for the presidential, governorship, federal and state elections would begin on August 18 and end on October 7, 2018, while campaigns for presidential election will start from November 18.

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