Forty Presidential candidates under the Forum of Presidential Candidates on Sunday declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to assent to the Electoral(Amendment) bill 2018.
The candidates declared support for the President’s position adding that the planned amendment to the bill came too close to the general elections.
A statement jointly signed by the presidential candidate of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, Alhaji Shittu Kabir; and presidential candidate of the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, Danjuma Muhammad read in part;
“The time left between now and when the 2019 elections will start is too short for INEC to recruit relevant staff and give them adequate training.
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We also think that the electoral body may not be in a position to respond fast enough in cases where the electronic devices malfunction.
The constraints and impediments of time and resources in difficult terrains will deliberately deny many local communities the opportunity to vote.”
President Buhari rejected the bill for a third time last week.