Ondo Guber: APC May Not Have a Candidate, INEC Warns Ruling Party
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) might not field a candidate in Ondo state. Documents made available to journalists indicate that the party notified INEC that it has fixed Monday, July 20 for its primary election in the state and invited the electoral commission to monitor the exercise.
However, the letter dated Wednesday, June 17 was only signed by the acting National Secretary of the party, Architect Waziri Bulama. INEC replied to the party that the letter violates the provisions of Article 4.4 of the Commission's Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Party Primaries. in line with the commission, such notices must be jointly signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of a political party. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Consequently, INEC rejected the latter and advised the party to try and do the needful. The letter was signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran. By virtue of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stance, unless it takes urgent steps to correct the cases, All Progressives Congress (APC) runs the danger of not having a candidate for the Ondo governorship election.
Meanwhile, it earlier reported that Prince Hilliard Eta-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Muhammad Buhari is not aware of the invitation for the National Executive council (NEC) slated for Thursday, June 24 asking members of the party to disregard the meeting. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The notice comes hours after President Muhammadu Buhari openly declared support for Victor Giadom as All Progressives Congress (APC) acting national chairman. In a statement signed on Wednesday, June 23 by the acting national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, Architect Waziri Bulama, the party said the convener of the meeting has been suspended by the Rivers state chapter of the party.
Bulama said Giadom cannot summon a meeting thereon date because under the party's constitution only the national secretary can do so pursuant to Article 14.3 of the APC constitution. a part of the statement read: 'Our esteem members are advised to disregard this invitation because the author and sole signatory of the said invitation is not a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party, talk more of being an acting National Chairman as claimed.'
The party said even a legitimate chairman is only invested with powers to announce a date for National Executive Council (NEC) meetings to hold every quarterly and zip more. 'Our leader, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is renowned for insisting on compliance with our constitution and rule of law.
'It can therefore not be true that President Muhammadu Buhari supports the convening of such an illegal NEC by a non-member of APC's NWC. We urge all to disregard the said notice as neither the National Working Committee (NWC) nor the National Executive council (NEC) has called for such meeting,' the statement concluded.