The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disqualified APGA, after a faction of the Party elected former Governor, Chukwuma Soludo as the party’s governorship flagbearer. The Commission gave the hint yesterday in Abuja, stating that the party’s failure to comply with Section 85 of the Electoral Act were grounds for disqualification.
The electoral body also disclosed that APGA did not notify it when it purportedly held its ad hoc congress to elect delegates for the party’s governorship primary.
INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, in a statement, insisted that parties must act within the confines of the law in the conduct of their congresses and primaries if they are to avoid issues and challenges that may complicate the conduct of elections.
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo emerged as the winner of the factional primary organised by the Chief Victor Oye-led faction of the party. Another rival faction of the party also announced the suspension of the former CBN governor.
The Chief Jude Okeke-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party said Soludo was suspended from APGA for anti-party activities, saying that the NWC arrived at the decision after its meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
The acting National Publicity Secretary of the faction, Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, said the party leadership applauded the peaceful and successful “Special Delegate Ward Congresses, where three-member Ward Delegates were elected for the July 1, governorship primaries of the party.”
Journalists were barred at the venue of the accreditation and voting. The state secretary of the party, Tony Ifeanya, however denied knowledge of any order by the leadership of the party to bar reporters from witnessing the event, which was beamed live by dedicated television stations and the SoludoTV Facebook app
Ifeanya said journalists in the state were not accredited because they did not apply to the party for permission to cover the primary election.
The party leadership is yet to issue an official statement on the matter.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.