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INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu


  • Sources within the APC have also disclosed that the party had not announced the sale of forms… 

EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not informed the commission of any convention.

This may be a strong indication that the ruling party’s convention might not hold in February as scheduled.

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Section 85 (1) of the Electoral Act says, “A registered political party shall give the commission at least 21 days notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting convened for the purpose of electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any of the elective offices specified under this Act.”

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The Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the APC had not yet sent any notification. He, however, said the party still had time to do so.

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“Before any political party conducts its convention for the election of officers, it is required to serve the commission a 21-day notice as provided by Section 85 (1) the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). Between now and the end of February is more than the three weeks required by law.  Therefore, while the party has not served any notice yet, there is still time to do so,” he told The PUNCH.

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Sources within the APC have also disclosed that the party had not announced the sale of forms for all persons planning to contest positions of the National Working Committee.

An aspirant who spoke on the condition of anonymity also said that he was fearful that forms would be sold secretly in order to scheme out some people.

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“Currently only Buni and his clique know what is happening in the party. There are 21 elective positions. So far, we are about 11 chairmanship aspirants alone. The APC has neither announced the sale of forms nor revealed the cost of the forms.

“It is either they plan not to hold the convention next month or they are planning to sell forms to a few in order to deny others,” the source was quoted as saying.

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