Nigerians have reacted to the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to extend the deadline for primaries by six days.
During a meeting between the commission and leaders of the 18 registered parties, it was agreed that there will be an extension of the timetable from June 4th to 9th, Vanguard reports.
The parties it will use the 6-day period to conclude outstanding primaries and prepare to upload the list of candidates and their affidavits on the INEC Candidates Nomination Portal.
But this development has not gone down well with a lot of Nigerians who are already reacting to it on social media, especially on Facebook.
A lot of citizens who are conversant with the many political intrigues unfolding ahead of the 2023 general elections are beginning to lose confidence in the commission entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the polls.
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Hear what they have to say:
Simeon Terfa Sontyo:
"Okay oh, from boasting that there wouldn't be any extension to extending it further."
"Chai Naija , because of Jonathan we know , court has already said he can contest."
James Ewezugachi Ogbonnaya:
Ekejiofor Abuchi Markval:
"When Mr president left the country, I knew this will happen. Expect the election timetable to be shifted as well."
Fela Biodun Idowu:
"It's only for the benefit of the cabals in PDP and APC."
"Just Im telling someone not quite ten minutes ago that this Inec chairman will bow to pressure unlike Prof jega, I even dout of free and fair under him."
"See Nigeria where Electoral body dey work for one political party to get way bring down the country finish. Is Nigeria still existing. If na so the corruption dey before the government for no see any existing country to rule o."
Chicheta Celestine Osai:
"Confused, when you're trying to take side."
INEC speaks on adjusting 2023 elections timetable
Recall that INEC on Friday, May 27, reacted to the request to adjust the timetable for the 2023 elections.
INEC's chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, during a meeting between the commission and leaders of political parties on the platform of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), said the request is different from the earlier demand for an extension of between 37 to 60 days.
Responding to the adjusted request, Yakubu said the commission will give its position on the amended request in due time after the meeting.