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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has waded into the crisis rocking the African Action Congress (AAC).
The Election giant in a letter dated 14 May recognized Omoyele Sowore as the substantial national Chairman of the party.
A member of the AAC national executive committee (NEC) Mazi Okwe had announced the suspension of Sowore, appointing one Leonard Nzenwa as the acting Chairman.
Okwe based the action on “failure to convene national executive council (NEC) meeting, financial misappropriation and other anti-party activities”
In a letter by the Commission on Tuesday, the commission’s secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony said Sowore’s suspension cannot hold.
She said the alleged committee that suspended Sahara reporters Publisher could not provide evidence of suspension.
The commission said there was no documentary evidence to indicate that a meeting was held, according to the constitution. The 21-day notice normally circulated to members before such meeting is held was never seen, a record of the meeting including the minutes was not available.
The Commission, therefore, said it shall continue to recognize Sowore as national chairman.
The letter read: “There is no documentary evidence that a meeting of the AAC National Executive Committee was convened by the National Chairman as required by chapter 9 section 59(a) of the AAC constitution.
“The party did not provide a 21-day notice of the NEC meeting as required by section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010.
“There are no minutes or evidence of attendance of the AAC National Executive Committee meeting where the National Chairman and eight others were purportedly suspended.
“Accordingly, the Commission shall continue to recognize and relate with Mr. Sowore Omoyele as the substantive National Chairman of the AAC.”
In his reaction, Mr Sowore who returned to the United States on Thursday addressed his followers on a live broadcast on Facebook.
He urged them to be calm, adding that such move by the party cannot hold. He assured them that he had seen a similar situation while he was in the Student Union back in the University.
Sowore in turned expelled Nzenwa while he suspended the top members of the party who partook in his purported suspension.