Posted by Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Abuja | 12 July 2018 | 1,913 times
The National Chairman of the reformed All Progressives Congress (r-APC), Alhaji Buba Galadima, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to invalidate the election of the new National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the former governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.
Galadima, in a letter to INEC, said the June 23 national convention that produced Oshiomhole as national chairman, among other officers, was “very flawed and undemocratic”.
The rAPC leader also claimed that there were irregularities in the election conducted at the convention.
However, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the spokesman of INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said he could not confirm the receipt of the r-APC’s letter as at Wednesday night.
The letter quoted the relevant section of APC’s constitution as stating that: “Unless otherwise provided for: All party posts prescribed or implied by this constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective national convention or congress subject, where possible, to consensus, provided that where a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position, a vote of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ by ballot or voice shall be called, to ensure that it was not an imposition which could breed discontent and crisis.”
It stated in the r-APC demand, “We respectfully, therefore, request INEC to intervene, following precedents established over the years, to declare invalid and unlawful and not to accord any form of recognition to officers purportedly elected at the APC convention of June 23, 2018.”
But the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, dismissed Galadima’s request to INEC as invalid, saying the outcome of the national convention could not be voided.
•Excerpted from THISDAY report
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