*Cites Electoral Act Provisions
The All Progressives Congress’ March 26 convention date may be shaky again as the Independent National Electoral Commission has picked holes in the timing.
Responding to a letter dated March 9 which was addressed to the National Chairman of INEC, INEC secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, said the notice for the NEC meeting was not signed by Buni and John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary.
She pointed out in the letter, “The commission draws your attention to the fact that the notice for the meeting was not signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the CECPC contrary to the provision of the Article 1.1.3 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2018).
“Furthermore, the APC is reminded of the provision in Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which requires “at least 21 days” notice of any convention, congress, conference, or meeting convened for the purpose of “merger” and electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any elective offices.”
Acting Chairman of the APC, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, announced that the party’s NEC would be held on March 17.
Bello emerged the new acting chairman of the party after the ouster of Mai Mala Buni, Yobe state governor.
The letter to APC expressed the hopes that the party would act to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act.