The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will not be listed on the ballot of the upcoming Anambra State governorship election.
The clarification was made known in a statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, on Wednesday.
INEC’s clarification came on the heels of the declaration of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, as the winner of the factional primary organised by the Chief Victor Oye-led faction of the party.
But according to the electoral umpire, APGA has been ruled out of the 6 November election because it violated the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
The commission said the party failed to comply with section 85 of the electoral act as the party did not notify it when it purportedly held its ad hoc congress to elect delegates for the party’s governorship primary.
INEC insisted that parties must act within the confines of the law in the conduct of their congresses and primaries if they are to avoid issues and challenges that may complicate the conduct of elections.
Trouble began for APGA when Chief Jude Okeke-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party suspended Soludo on Tuesday.
According to Okeke, Soludo was suspended from APGA for anti-party activities, noting that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had ratified the decision.
However, the Oye faction insisted that the suspension of the former CBN governor was null and void, and went ahead to conduct its primary.
Soludo polled 740 votes out of the 795 votes in the party’s factional primary conducted on Wednesday to defeat three other aspirants.