A Human Rights lawyer Dr Kayode Ajulo, on Monday, faulted the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) over the ban on marketing campaign.
The 2 main events, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) on Saturday argued that the fee’s restriction has no foundation in regulation.
Ajulo in an interview on Monday in Ilorin, stated that the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu couldn’t by mere pronouncement amend the provisions of Part 99 of the Electoral Act.
In response to Ajulo, Part 99 of the electoral act permits political marketing campaign until 24 hours to election.
He stated he would proceed to marketing campaign for the candidate of his selection in accordance with the regulation of the land.
Ajulo stated that INEC’s directive needs to be ignored, including that he could be having a solo street present for his candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari to activate the above statutory provision and take a look at the efficacy of the unlawful ban.
In response to him, as it’s now, many individuals have been canvassing and mentioning part 100 of the electoral act which says INEC could make any rule.
” There’s one factor about rule of particular and all these provisions they mentioning didn’t specify.
“One factor we must always perceive is that if that part 100 had part 99 in thoughts, it could have say however part 99, it could have been particular,” he stated.
He stated that these backing INEC on the no marketing campaign subject additionally gave credence to part 160 of the structure, concerning the ability of INEC to cease marketing campaign 24 hours to the election.
The lawyer who additionally double because the secretary of Ahead With Buhari (FWB) stated that such energy in part 160 of the structure wouldn’t assist INEC to make such order.
In response to him, what that part is speaking about is political events and candidates, I’m not a political social gathering and I’m not a candidate
“All these legal guidelines they’re saying is addressed to political events and their candidates, this order didn’t cease any unbiased marketing campaign organisation to go on marketing campaign.
Ajulo said that something INEC stated to that impact wouldn’t have an effect on his campaigning for his candidate and would embark on a street present to canvass vote for President Buhari.
INEC had, within the early hours of Feb. 16, postponed the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections to Feb. 23 and in addition banned political events from campaigning.
In the meantime, following the opposition of the APC and PDP, INEC is due meet to overview the restriction.
INEC, in response to its nationwide chairman’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, would meet to overview its place and determine whether or not or to not reopen campaigns. (NAN).