POLITICS – As the 2019 general election approaches, politicians and their supporters are gradually getting prepared for the campaigns.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has already released a tentative timetable for the highly awaited elections.
The INEC timetable shows that party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from them will hold from August 18 to October 7 for national and state elections while that of the FCT area council is slated for between September 4 and October 27.
Campaigns by political parties are slated to commence from November 18 for presidential and National Assembly elections; December 1 for the governorship and state assembly elections and December 2 for the FCT area council elections.
To this end, sources in the federal cabinet say President Muhammadu Buhari may soon ask ministers with the ambition to seek elective offices to resign to enable them focus on their aspirations.
PREMIUM TIMES findings have indicated that among the ministers who may leave the cabinet to seek governorship tickets in their states are Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication; Aisha Alhassan, Women Affairs; Kayode Fayemi, Solid Minerals Development; Suleiman Hassan, Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing and Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum.
PREMIUM TIMES also gathered that the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, is nursing a governorship ambition.