(JUST IN) Anambra election: INEC may disqualify APGA

(JUST IN) Anambra election: INEC may disqualify APGA
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A faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, led by Jude Okeke, on Monday, expressed the fears that the Independent National Electoral Commission might exclude the party from the Anambra Governorship Election slated for November 6.

Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, who is the Publicity Secretary of the faction, stated this on Monday in Abuja, The PUNCH reports
The group accused the Victor Oye-led faction of the party of alleged refusal to submit the statutory 21 days notice on the Special Ward Congress to the  Independent National Electoral Commission.
Chukwunyere specifically said the Oye faction did not duly notify INEC on the plan to hold ward congresses ahead of the governorship poll within the 21 days recommended by its regulations and Section 85 of the Electoral Act.
The Publicity Secretary, who distributed copies of the INEC letter confirming the non receipt of APGA's 21 days notification, said the Electoral umpire had communicated its position on the matter to the Okeke's faction in two separate letters.
In one of the letters, obtained by our correspondent, the commission addressed his position to the principal counsel of a law firm, Omas and Partners, who had earlier written and asked for the information while relying on the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
The letter dated June 18, 2021 and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, read, "This is to inform you that the commission did not receive the statutory 21 days' notice for the nomination of APGA  Anambra State governorship candidate from Victor Oye led APGA.
"Accordingly, the commission did not monitor the said ward congress and as such, there is no monitoring report of the Commission."
The second letter, also signed by Oriaran-Anthony and addressed to the National Chairman of APGA also read, "Please refer to your letter dated June 16, 2021 forwarding the list of delegates for the nomination of APGA's Governorship Candidate in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election.
"This is to notify you that the records of the Commission indicates that APGA did not duly notify the Commission of the date of the Congress where the ad hoc delegates were elected as required by Section 85 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended)
"Accordingly the Commission is unable to confirm if the Ad hoc Delegates list submitted by your party is the outcome of a democratic process as required by Section 87(7) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).
"The Commission wishes to emphasize the need for full compliance with all legal requirements for the conduct of Party Primaries as earlier communicated in the Commissions letter to your Party dated 37 June 2021 (REF: INEC/DEPM/UPPM/119/1/37)."
Chukwunyere alleged that the two letters by INEC have therefore rendered APGA's  governorship  primary being proposed for Wednesday, June 23, as an exercise in futility because "the use of invalid delegate list will exclude the party from the election."

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