The forthcoming elections in some states in Nigeria have been attracting serious reactions from the stakeholders involved in the process.
Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed November 2 as date for the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa State, there have been mixed reactions to the development.
Consequently, INEC has shifted the November 2, 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states by two weeks, The Guardian reports.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Information, Festus Okoye, said the decision was in response to several appeals by critical stakeholders in Bayelsa that the earlier date clashed with the state’s yearly Thanksgiving Day.
According to the commission, “timelines for all other activities leading to the elections have also been adjusted to align with the new date.”
It added that the final list of candidates would be out on October 17.
It is believed that the change in date of the election to accommodate the demands of some stakeholders will douse the earlier kicks in some quarters.
INEC is looked upon to carry all the parties in the election along.
Recall that Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson had called on INEC to extend the date of the governorship election in the state.
In another development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has condemned the recent campaign by Governor Dickson of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against international oil companies (IOCs) in the state.
Addressing the press yesterday in Yenagoa, the publicity secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said the Governor was using “a dishonest campaign” to dupe members of the public.
The party added that the campaign was targeted at its members, using the environmental conditions in the area as a peg. “He has tried to dupe unsuspecting members of the public with a new dishonest campaign invented to conceal a clear political project,” APC stated.
The governor had accused the IOCs of causing environmental degradation and using their crude oil pipeline surveillance contracts to fund crises in the state.
The Governor has not reacted to this latest accusation against him by the main opposition party in the state.
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