The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the new National structure of the ruling All Progressives Congress-led by Niger state Governor Sanni Bello.
This implies that the plot to remove the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, has hit a brick wall.
Governor Bello, acting as Chairman of the APC after taking over from Buni, had issued a notice for an emergency National Executive Committee Meeting of the party to resolve the issues affecting the APC – a copy of which was sent to INEC.
But the Commission, in its response, INEC rejected the letter inviting it to the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ruling party.
INEC’s response, dated 9th March 2022, signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Rose Oriaran Anthony, was titled, “Re: Invitation to the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee” and addressed to the National Chairman, APC CECPC.
The Commission drew the attention of the CECPC to the fact that the letter of invitation was not signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the CECPC, Buni and Senator John Akpanudoedehe, respectively.
It said this was contrary to the provision of Article 1.1.3 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2018).
INEC also reminded those who wrote and signed the letter 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 office.”
It urged the ruling party to note of the critical issues raised for compliance.
The letter by INEC is a big clog in the wheels of a plot by a bloc in the party to oust Buni, who duly transferred power to Governors Sani Bello of Niger State, to enable him attend briefly to health issues, according to a leaked letter on Thursday.
Read The Full letter below: