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INEC Rules APGA Out Of Anambra Governorship Election



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has technically ruled the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from participating in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

Naija News reports that INEC accused a faction of the party led by Victor Oye of not duly notifying it of the plan to hold ward congresses ahead of the governorship poll within the 21 days recommended by its regulations and Section 85 of the Electoral Act.

INEC has communicated its position on the matter to the faction in two separate letters.

In the first letter, the electoral body addressed its position to the principal counsel of a law firm, Omas and Partners.

The principal counsel had earlier written and asked for the information while relying on the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The letter dated June 18, 2021 read, “This is to inform you that the commission did not receive the statutory 21 days’ notice for the nomination of APGA  Anambra State governorship candidate from Victor Oye led APGA. 

“Accordingly, the commission did not monitor the said ward congress and as such, there is no monitoring report of the Commission.” 

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The second letter which was addressed to the National Chairman of APGA also read, “Please refer to your letter dated June 16, 2021 forwarding the list of delegates for the nomination of APGA’s Governorship Candidate in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election. 

“This is to notify you that the records of the Commission indicates that APGA did not duly notify the Commission of the date of the Congress where the ad hoc delegates were elected as required by Section 85 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended)

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The two letters by INEC have therefore rendered APGA’s Wednesday governorship primary an exercise in futility as the use of invalid delegate list will exclude the party from the election.

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