Edo governor: INEC must punish candidates and groups for illegal campaigning

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In a stern warning, Anugbum Onuoha, the INEC’s Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, has ordered all candidates and political parties to immediately cease their campaigns for the governorship election or risk sanctions.

Noting that parties and candidates were expected to commence campaigning on April 24, the REC made a statement on Monday in Benin stating that the commission had not removed the campaign suspension.

He clarified that the primary election is an internal matter and that political parties are not required to conduct public campaigns for it.

Billboards, signposts, and advertisements on television and newspapers should all be removed, he encouraged the political parties and candidates.

“I am urging the candidates and the sixteen political parties participating in the September 21 election to adhere to the schedule of the election,” the REC declared.

“Publicly campaigning for the primary election is not something they are supposed to do. Doing so is illegal.

Please take down your banners, billboards, and radio jingles; I’m going to tell them to stop.

“Our only choice would be to sanction them if they do not comply with this directive.”

Since the primary election is an internal matter, Onuoha clarified that it is not his responsibility to disclose the results but rather to prepare a report and submit it to the commission’s headquarters.

We were there for the APC primary. He promised to report back to Abuja after they had seen what had transpired.

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