The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress violated the Electoral Act.
The Commission thereafter rejected the notice, citing alleged breach of Article 1.1.3 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2018).
Rose Oriaran-Anthony, INEC Secretary disclosed this in a letter dated March 9, 2022, and addressed to the party’s national chairman.
Part of the leader read: “The Commission draws your attention to the fact that the notice for the meeting was not signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the CECPC contrary to the provision of the Article 1.1.3 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2018),” said Oriaran-Anthony.
“Furthermore, the APC is reminded of the provision in Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which requires ‘at least 21 days’ notice of any convention, congress, conference, or meeting convened for the purpose of ‘merger’ and electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any elective offices.
“While hoping these issues are noted for compliance, please accept the assurance of the commissions’ warm regards”.
The twist seems to have cast a shadow in the recent leadership tussle of Nigerian ruling party, according to political pundits.
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