Crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday has taken another dimension as Chairman of the Reformed APC, a breakaway faction of the party, Buba Galadima writes Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to nullify election of National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole because it is flawed and undemocratic.
In his letter to the electoral umpire, he adds video of sections of the party constitution that the June 23 national convention violate.
“I write as a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a member of its Board of Trustees, National Caucus and an automatic delegate at its National Convention, to bring to your notice that on 23rd June, 2018, the All Progressive Congress (APC) purportedly held a very flawed and undemocratic Convention for the purpose of electing its national officers following the disputed Congresses held in various Wards (May 2, 2018), Local Governments (May 5, 2018), State Congress (May 8, 2018),” the letter read.
“These congresses leading up to the National Convention of the party were marred with serious irregularities and manipulations to the extent that in at least 22 States, parallel congresses were held and different set of delegates and officers emerged. Some of the States includes: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto and Zamfara.
“In particular the “election” of the following officers of the party was in direct contravention of Article 20(1) of the APC Constitution, which says:
“Unless otherwise provided for: All party posts prescribed or implied by this Constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective National Convention or Congress subject, where possible, to consensus, Provided that where a Candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position, a vote of “Yes” or “No” by ballot or voice shall be called, to ensure that it was not an imposition which could breed discontent and crisis”.
Galadima said his attempts to resolve the issues through the internal mechanisms of the party were frustrated.
He said since the APC had failed to address the grievances, INEC should declare the offices of 18 officials of the party invalid and unlawful.
“Their emergence is a breach of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the APC (Article 20(1)),” he wrote.