Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the timetable for the country’s 2019 general elections.
The official timetable which was announced by INEC on Tuesday, January 9, shows that the presidential election will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
The electoral umpire said the national assembly elections will be held on the same day, while governorship and state assembly polls will take place on March 2, 2019.
Similarly, state assembly and area council elections in the federal capital territory, Abuja will take place on March 2, 2019.
According to INEC, primaries for the presidential and national assembly elections will start on August 18, 2018.
While the campaigns for the governorship and state assembly are scheduled to commence on December 1, 2018.
The election timetable released by INEC, is coming few days after Rev. Father Ejike Camillus Mbaka and the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, warned Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari not to seek reelection in 2019.
ALEDEH recalls that Mbaka, the spiritual director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Southern Nigeria, said President Buhari would be totally disgraced in 2019 if he decides to seek a reelection.
The clergyman who spoke before thousands of worshippers in a New Year Message he delivered on New Year’s day, also berated the President for fighting an alleged biased corruption war, stressing that the President’s “mantra has been cannibalized”.
Six (6) days after Mbaka warned the President, Mr Momodu wrote an open letter to President Buhari pleading with him to perish the thought of continuing in power.
Though President Buhari has not indicated interest in running for the election openly, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu says the campaign for the re-election of the Nigerian President has commenced.
Mr Shittu, who spoke with journalists after the meeting with the president, said the campaign team will be called “Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo dynamic support group.”
The Communications Minister disclosed that the south-west campaign office would be inaugurated on January 20, 2018.
Shittu’s statement brings to two, the number of ministers who have been fully drafted into the Buhari reelection project following a report earlier by THISDAY newspaper that Nigeria’s Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi had been appointed as director-general of Buhari campaign, a position he once held in 2015.
There are indications that President Buhari’s reelection might not be supported by all the All Progressives Congress governors. This is because an exclusive report by ALEDEH revealed that 13 of the governors rejected a request made on behalf of President by Mr Amaechi for each to contribute the sum of fifty million Naira towards the President’s reelection campaign.