Some approve, others express worry.
Some politicians in Oyo State have expressed mixed reactions to the timetable for the 2015 general elections released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
INEC, on Friday, released the timetable which indicated that the Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold February 14, 2015; while Governorship and State House of Assembly elections hold on February 28, 2015 – except in Ekiti and Osun, which were scheduled for June 21, 2014 and August 9, 2014 respectively.
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State, Lekan Balogun, expressed his approval of the timetable.
“The INEC timetable is very good and we (politicians) have no problem with it; all we need to do is to adjust to the programme,” he said.
Mr. Balogun called on politicians to prepare for the elections, insisting that he did not doubt the leadership of INEC in conducting fair and free elections.
The Acting Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Akin Oke, said his worry stemmed from the presidential election coming up before the governorship election.
A leader of APC, Tokunbo Ajasin, said the timetable was workable. He, nonetheless, said he was not sure whether or not the proposed National Conference would have been concluded before the elections.
“Well, INEC has nothing to do with the conference but I hope the reorganisation of political parties would have been carried out and concluded before then,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer for Accord Party in the state, Nureni Adeniran, said the party executive would meet and come up with an official reaction.
“The time table calls for serious analysis and critical study by Accord Party members and officials before coming up with an official reaction,” he said.
Meanwhile, even before the release of the timetable, aspirants flooded the nooks and crannies of the state with campaign posters, especially in Ibadan.