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2019 and the battle before leading parties

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The presidential and National Assembly elections have been scheduled to hold on 16th February, 2019; while governorship and State Assembly elections would be conducted on Saturday, 2nd March, 2019.

But with October this year timeline for all the political parties to put their act together, settle scores in many states and conduct primaries, there are fears that many of the parties are in for big trouble.

In December last year, INEC brought on board, 21 additional political parties, bringing the number of total registered political parties in Nigeria to 67.

Though almost nothing is being heard about most of the political parties, those in the limelight such as APC, PDP, APGA, PPA, Labour Party who had in the past played key role in the electoral processes by fielding candidates for various elections, still have issues here and there to contend with.

But undoubtedly, all eyes are on the PDP which governed Nigeria for 16 years and now the APC which is on its third year on the throne.

While the PDP had last month settled its biggest challenge at the centre by conducting its national convention which saw the emergence of new National Working Committee (NWC) led by Prince Uche Secondus, the party still has some scores to settle in some states.

But this is a non-issue considering that the party has also gone far on the issue of its presidential candidate, who would emerge from the North. It is only left for the northern power bloc within the party to sort themselves out.

The overwhelming challenge is in the ruling APC which is being confronted by acrimonious issues at all levels.

It’s almost three years since the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC announced the plan to hold a convention to amend the party’s constitution.

Since the July 3, 2015 NEC meeting of the APC where a decision was taken, the hope that a convention would be conducted has  remained dim.

The ruling party had severally received bashing from various quarters over its inability  to have its conventions.

The tenure of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC would come to an end on June 13, this year.

With this in view and coupled with the latest advisory by INEC, the ruling party would have to get it right in the next few months to beat the deadline for the 2019 elections.

The dilemma is the same with many of the political parties.



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