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NIGERIA: PPA Asks INEC to Sanction PDP, APC for Early Campaigns

The Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction political parties found to be violating ban on early campaign ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The National Chairman of PPA, Mr. Peter Ameh, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, criticised the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over allegedly engaging in early campaign for the 2015 general election.
“The Electoral Act 2010 as amended has stated clearly the time frame required by political parties and their aspirants for elections campaigning.
“We as a party have watched with dismay the continuous violations of this rules and regulations, we want to ask this two parties to tell Nigerians why they have both continued to defy the lay down rules by INEC, by campaigning for an election that is still almost one year away. We urge the commission to sanction any one responsible for rallies.
“What do you call the president and PDP visits to Imo and Kwara States, the APC posters and billboards spread around Ekiti and Osun States these are purely campaign materials.
“From the obvious, the PDP and APC have already commenced their campaign for the 2015 election without following the rules laid down by INEC that is responsible for the regulating political parties and their candidates seeking elective positions or office.
“PPA frowns at this development and we want INEC to call them to order. Or is INEC telling us that this people are above the law and are obviously too big for it to sanction since they are not called small parties?
“We want Nigerians to take note that parties that cannot obey electoral rules will definitely not keep to electoral promises and cannot be trusted.
“PPA calls on INEC to sanction these defaulting parties, PDP and APC, for violating its ban on early campaigns for the 2015 elections,” he said.

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