Addressing the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, who has flagged off his campaign for 2019 Presidential election, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has warned politicians and political parties to stop campaigning.
He stated the ban on the campaign was still on and until it was lifted, it was illegal for any party or politician to commence campaign.
Yakubu stated this at the quarterly Consultative Meeting with the media in Abuja on Tuesday.
The section says: “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day.”
He noted that Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, had last Thursday declared his intention to vie for the presidency in 2019, contrary to Section 99 of the Electoral Act 201 (as amended).
Movin forward, INEC Boss warned politicians and political parties against jumping the gun.
Yakubu said: “We want to draw the attention of political parties and candidates that are already going around the country campaigning for 2019 that INEC, the only agency responsible for the release of timetable and schedule of activities, hasn’t done so.
“And anything that anybody does is illegal under the law. We should wait for the timetable for the campaign.
“The release of a timetable does not mean the commencement of the campaign.”