The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is set to reopen its campaign following the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party made this known in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, and Director, Media & Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organization Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday evening.

This is in reaction to the Commission’s directive that no political party is allowed to reopen campaigns.

Reacting to INEC directive, Ologbondiyan opined that the commission erred in its prohibition directives, adding the party whose position is predicated on the provision of section 99(1) of the Electoral Act, insisted that it must reopen campaign.

He, however, added that the party rejects the wrongful administrative prohibition of campaigns by INEC.

He said the directive is directly in conflict with the provision of the Electoral Act and is not backed by any other law in the country.

He said; “For the purposes of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day”, says section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act.

The clear import of this provision, in the current situation, is that given the postponement of the election to February 23, 2019, the 24 hours requirement for closure of all public campaigning falls at midnight of February 21,” he added.

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