By Chinenye Festus:-
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not field a candidate in Ondo state as the crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is getting messier by the day.
While the party is still struggling to sustain a united front ahead of the Edo governorship election, neighbouring Ondo state might face similar challenges if the ruling party officials do not get their acts right.
The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu is seeking re-election on the platform of the APC
Documents made available to journalists indicate that the party notified INEC that it has fixed Monday, July 20 for its primary election in the state and invited the electoral commission to monitor the exercise.
According to the commission, such notices must be jointly signed by the national chairman and national secretary of a political party.
Consequently, INEC rejected the latter and advised the party to do the needful. The letter was signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
By virtue of INEC’s stance, unless it takes urgent steps to rectify the situation, APC runs the risk of not having a candidate for the Ondo governorship election.
Here is the copy of the letter by INEC to APC (source Facebook)
INEC replied to the party that the letter violates the provision of Article 4.4 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Party Primaries.
However, the letter dated Wednesday, June 17 was only signed by the acting national secretary of the party, Architect Waziri Bulama.