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Halt campaigns, don’t break INEC’s rule, Buhari to supporters

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered his supporters to halt campaigning for him, so as not to break the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rule, as regards the commencement of campaigns.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He said the President appreciates the zeal of those who trumpet the works of his administration, saying it confirms their love for their motherland.

The statement however, said the President has appealed to them to play it cool, so as not to give INEC the impression, that he is running his campaign already.

According to the statement: “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.”

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