PDP asks INEC not to monitor APC’s convention
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to monitor the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC national convention is scheduled for March 26.
The electoral body is mandated by law to monitor the congresses of political parties without which the elected officials will not be recognised.
The main opposition party, PDP said the APC is defunct having been operating without a national working committee (NWC) since 2020.
In a statement on Thursday, Debo Ologunagba, PDP spokesperson, described the planned convention as a “jamboree being organised by the defunct APC in the name of a National Convention”.
“The PDP forewarns that INEC would be going outside its statutory mandate under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2022 by attending or monitoring the purported APC National Convention,” the statement reads.
“INEC, being a government agency set up by law, that also draws from the budgetary allocation of the country with respect to superintending over electoral processes and management of political parties, can only superintend over and monitor bodies over which it has the mandate to supervise. This presupposes that any such body must be legally operating as a political party under INEC rules and guidelines.
“The APC, having been defunct on December 8, 2020, when it dissolved its National, States as well as Local Government structures ceases, in the eyes of the law, to be a political party and as such cannot be subject of INEC’s regulations with particular reference to its supposed National Convention.
“For emphasis, the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was established for the singular purpose of organizing the APC National Convention in 2020. The Committee violated the Constitution and the Electoral Act by engaging in party administration, conducting congresses to produce officers at the various state Chapters as well as delegates for APC National Convention.
“In any event, the CECPC by its composition with a state governor, H.E Mai Mala Buni as Chairman is illegal and unconstitutional by reason of Section 183 of the Nigerian Constitution which bars a sitting governor from holding “any other executive office in any capacity whatsoever.
“In going beyond its mandate, the CECPC acted ultra vires and all administrative acts purportedly done or deemed to have been done by this Committee are null and void and void ab-initio.
”To this effect, delegates to the APC purported National Convention produced by congresses conducted by the CECPC are at best-handicapped delegates with leprous fingers who cannot deliver any vote to produce a valid and legal political leadership for the APC. INEC should therefore not waste public resources to monitor a jamboree that would be of no legal or electoral effect under our laws.”
The PDP added that those contesting election on the platform of the APC “are on a voyage that leads to nowhere”.
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