..Insists governorship primary election holds Wednesday
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA: The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, sharply disagreed with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over its claim that the party failed to notify it of the election of ad-hoc congress for the governorship primary.
The party has therefore, resolved to go ahead with the conduct of its primary election scheduled for Wednesday.
National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Barr. Tex Okechukwu while reacting to INEC’s threat to exclude the party from participating in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra States said the party’s conduct of the Ad hoc Delegates’ Election across the 326 wards of the state met all the requirements of Electoral Act.
Barr. Okechukwu explained further in a statement issued in Abuja that as a responsible entity, APGA has never defaulted in complying with requisite procedural requirements for the nomination of its candidate in the past and will not begin now.
According to the statement, ”The attention of our great party , the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has been drawn to a letter with Reference No INEC/DEPM/UPPM/1/145 dated the 18th of June, 2021 and signed by the Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
” In the said letter it was alleged that our party failed to notify the Commission of the Adhoc Delegates’ Congress which the party conducted across the 326 wards in Anambra State on the 15th and 16th of June 2021 respectively.
”We wish to state categorically that the above position of the Commission is not in line with the dictates of Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended, as well as a plethora of judicial authorities in that regard.
”Our party duly complied with requisite statutory notices envisaged under the Electoral Act 2010, as Amended as well as other requirements clearly outlined by INEC in its Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of political party primary elections published by INEC.
”In line with the said INEC Regulations and Guidelines, our great party undertook the following procedural steps, to wit;
”1) Publication of Timetable/Schedule of activities.
”2) Statutory Notice of Primary Election dated the 26th of May, 2021 as envisaged under Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act.
”3) Conduct of Ad hoc Delegates’ Election across the 326 wards of Anambra State as envisaged under Section 87(7) of the Electoral Act.
”4) Submission of the list of democratically-elected Ad hoc Delegates to the Commission in line with Articles 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Parties primaries; as well as other relevant procedural steps/ requirements.
”Undoubtedly, our great party, as a responsible entity, has never defaulted in complying with requisite procedural requirements for the nomination of its candidate in the past and will not begin now.
”We wish to reassure our esteemed party faithful, stakeholders and, indeed, the general public that our great party is fully prepared to conduct its Governorship Primary Election already slated to hold on 23rd of June 2021.
”Finally, we urge all our members and supporters to continue to pray fervently for the party as we enter the final stages of the successful nomination of our candidate for the November 6, 2021 Governorship Election in Anambra State.”