There are strong indications that a section of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to extend the deadline for presidential primaries.
Sources told Vanguard that the plot to get INEC to extend the deadline was hatched at a meeting in Abuja by some APC leaders to prepare the way for some late entrants into the presidential contest.
No fewer than four politicians – Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and Jigawa State Governor, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, joined the presidential race, yesterday. More aspirants are expected to join before the primaries.
Another source privy to the meeting told Vanguard that to scale through this plot, the APC has reached out to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to support it.
Vanguard understood that though the pressure is being mounted on the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, to extend the deadline for the primaries, Yakubu, so far, appears resolute in his resistance against the extension.
According to sources, the move to extend the deadline may not be unconnected with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is said not to have made up his mind on which aspirant to support.