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ANPP FAULTS INEC'S PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE

By NBF News
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The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Kano State has picked holes in the recently released 2011 electoral timetable by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), describing it as an arrangement designed to play on the intelligence of Nigerians.

Chairman of the party, Alhaji Sani Hashim Hotoro, who faulted the provisional timetable wondered why the rush to announce the timetable even when the National Assembly was yet to come up with amended copy of the constitution, containing the electoral reforms.

Speaking at the Nigeria Union of Journalists' Kano's Guest Forum, the chairman further stated that the ANPP saw the rush as an indication that the INEC would not conduct a free and fair elections in 2011.

Hotoro advised the INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu to wait for the deliberations of National Assembly on the issue of constitutional amendment and their final recommendation on the electoral reforms.

Hotoro said ANPP would not tolerate any attempt to sabotage the nation's democracy, adding that Nigerians were already tired of the PDP-led government in the leadership of the country.

On the 2011 governorship race in the state, Hotoro explained that the ANPP had not adopted any particular aspirant, but remarked that going by its established tradition, the ANPP in the state would always respect the tradition of consensus as a means of selecting their candidates.