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INEC voids Imo PDP three-man ad hoc delegates’ election, alleges constitutional breach

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
11 May 2022   |   4:12 am
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has voided the three-man ad hoc Delegates Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State chapter.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has voided the three-man ad hoc Delegates Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State chapter.

The exercise, conducted on April 30, 2022 at the 305 wards of the state, according to the election umpire, did not comply with the relevant laws and guidelines on the conduct of the congress.

This was contained in an eight-page report on the Imo PDP three-man Ward Delegate Congress,’ signed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, where it also listed the observations of the commission in each of the 27 local councils of the state during the exercise.

INEC insisted that, while some party officials in some of the local councils claimed to have consensus to elect the delegates, the process adopted by the party violated the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The report partly reads: “It is pertinent to state that consensus/affirmation is one of the methods approved for the selection of candidates or delegates. However, even when parties have agreed to adopt consensus method, proper congresses should be held to affirm the chosen candidates or delegates in a free, fair and credible process. This was observed in the breach in this instance.

“In almost all the instances, the monitors claimed that no original result was brought to the venues. The absence of materials, including the sensitive ones (result sheets), as reported by all the electoral officers in all the ward venues where the congress was to hold, cast a lot of doubts on the exercise.

“Given the above, the Imo PDP Ward Delegates Congress will not be said to have substantially complied with the relevant laws and guidelines on the conduct of ward congresses for the election of delegates.”

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