Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has urged his supporters to stop campaigns for his re-election for now as such acts amount to a breach of the rules and regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement issued on Saturday through his Media Adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President sued for patience, adding that his supporters were however free to publicize the various achievements of his administration.
According to the election time-table released by INEC, party primaries for the Presidential, Governorship, Federal and State elections will begin on August 18 to end on October 7, 2018 while that of the FCT Area Council will commence on September 4 to end on October 27.
The campaigns by political parties for presidential election will begin on November 18 while those for the National Assembly will start on December 1. Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Councils will commence on December 2.
“It has been observed that some fervent supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have begun what may be interpreted as political campaigns in their advocacies and advertisements in the mass media.
“We appreciate their enthusiasm, borne out of desire to garner support for an administration that is actuated by nothing else, other than service for motherland, but we hereby appeal for patience, so that the game can be played according to the rules.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has a timetable for political campaigns, and we urge committed supporters round the country (and beyond) to be mindful of such. There will be ample time ahead to trumpet the good works of the Buhari administration, and solicit re-election, all for the good of our country and her people.
“While a chronicle of the achievements of the administration is in order now, outright canvasing may amount to jumping the gun. We are an administration committed to due process and scrupulous respect for rules, law and order.
“We appreciate our massive supporters nationwide, and urge them to exercise restraint till the race commences officially as stipulated by law,” the statement read.