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PDP, APC announce end to March 18 election campaigns in Lagos

INEC regulations and guidelines stipulate that all campaigns must end 24 hours before the election day.

• March 17, 2023
Sanwo-Olu Jandor
Sanwo-Olu and Jandor

The APC and the PDP in Lagos say they have officially ended all campaigns ahead of Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.

Spokespersons for the parties announced this in separate statements on Thursday.

INEC regulations and guidelines stipulate that all campaigns must end 24 hours before the election day.

“The Lagos state APC wishes to officially inform the general public and the mass media – traditional and social- that its campaign for the year 2023 Governorship and House of Assembly elections is hereby brought to an end on Thursday 16th March, 2023 at 12 midnight,” said the APC statement. “This is in compliance with the provisions of the electoral law and as a law-abiding political party. We hereby issue a disclaimer on any advertisement or campaign material – newspaper advertisements, jingles on radio or television, posters, handbills, social media posts, rallies, meetings, etc., that can be considered illegal campaigns after this release.”

It added, “All media organisations are also advised to take note of this official position.”

The Lagos PDP also stated that it had halted all campaigns in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

“Lagos PDP is hereby directing all our campaign units, support groups and supporters of our gubernatorial candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (JANDOR), his running mate, Olufunke Akindele and all our 40 State Assembly candidates to end all forms of campaign by midnight, Thursday,” the party’s statement explained. “The general public, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the media should take note that our party and candidates will not be liable for any campaign activity and/or material that appears on any platform after the stipulated time.”

It urged Lagos residents to remain resolute in their conviction to change the government through the ballot and resist any attempt to subvert their will at the polls.


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