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APGA holds Anambra gubernatorial primaries tomorrow



THERE is no going back on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)’s governorship primary election scheduled to hold tomorrow.

  APGA made this known in press release signed by National Publicity Secretary, Tex Okechukwu, which was made available to newsmen in Awka, yesterday.

  Okechukwu said the clarification became necessary to allay any fears that may be nursed by their members and supporters over a letter circulating on internet purportedly from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

  According him, not only did APGA hold ad-hoc delegates’ congress in all the 326 wards in Anambra State on 15th and 16th of June, but the party carried out the exercise in accordance with extant laws.

  “The attention of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been drawn to a letter with Reference No INEC/DEPM/UPPM/1/145 dated the 18th of June, 2021 and signed by the Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In the said letter, it was alleged that our party failed to notify the commission of the Adhoc Delegates’ Congress which the party conducted across the 326 wards in Anambra State on the 15th and 16th of June 2021 respectively.

We wish to state categorically that the above position of the commission is not in line with the dictates of Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended, as well as a plethora of judicial authorities in that regard. Our party duly complied with requisite statutory notices envisaged under the Electoral Act 2010, as Amended as well as other requirements clearly outlined by INEC in its regulations and guidelines for the conduct of political party primary elections published by INEC. In line with the said INEC Regulations and Guidelines, our great party undertook the following procedural steps, to wit,” the release reads in part.

  Speaking further, the release itemised the activities to include: “publication of timetable/schedule of activities, statutory notice of primary election dated the 26th of May, 2021 as envisaged under Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act, conduct of ad hoc delegates’ election across the 326 wards of Anambra State as envisaged under Section 87(7) of the Electoral Act and submission of the list of democratically-elected ad hoc delegates to the commission in line with Articles 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 of INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Parties primaries; as well as other relevant procedural steps/ requirements.”

 Therefore, Okechukwu urged all APGA members and supporters to disregard any contrary media speculations and continue to mobilise for the party’s successful election of APGA flag bearer at the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

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