Lawyer Asks INEC to Sanction APC Flawed Pri­maries

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Onye­buchi Ezigbo in Abuja

A le­gal prac­ti­tioner and civil right cam­paigner, Mr. Kay­ode Ajulo has asked the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to ap­ply the full weight of the law on rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Party (APC) for al­legedly flout­ing the laws in the con­duct of its party pri­maries.

He said that based on the al­leged vi­o­la­tions of the Elec­toral Act dur­ing the con­duct of APC pres­i­den­tial pri­mary elec­tion, INEC should dis­coun­te­nance it. He said that what APC had as pri­maries failed the ordinary tests of a civ­i­lized democ­racy.

In a state­ment is­sued on Satur­day on the cri­sis trail­ing APC pri­mary elec­tions, Ajulo said it is wor­ri­some that a rul­ing party that should or­di­nar­ily set the pace for the ideals and be a model for stan­dards “chose to de­scend into such abysmally dirty deal­ings in the name of party”. pri­maries.

He said: “To put it mildly, it rup­tures the lit­tle, sub­sist­ing faith that ordinary cit­i­zens re­tain in a fledg­ling but gan­gling democ­racy. It is un­civil, un­law­ful and un­ac­cept­able, and it should so be re­garded with­out minc­ing words”.

On the pres­i­den­tial pri­mary elec­tion, Ajulo said: “Premis­ing on the judg­ment of the Apex court, and the pro­vi­sions of ex­tant law on party pri­maries, the void­able APC Pres­i­den­tial Pri­maries and the ir­reg­u­lar nom­i­na­tion of APC Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date and his vice, Pro­fes­sor Oluyemi Os­in­bajo, (SAN) ought to be dis­coun­te­nanced and to­tally re­jected by INEC in pur­suant to the ex­tant laws re­ferred to herein.” Ajulo ac­cused the INEC, of de­lib­er­ately ig­nor­ing all the malfea­sance com­mit­ted by APC dur­ing its re­cent party party pri­maries across the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lawyer, both the con­sti­tu­tion and the elec­toral law were vi­o­lated in a brazen man­ner that should not have es­caped the at­ten­tion of the INEC.

“INEC’s in­de­pen­dence and neu­tral­ity is patently in doubt if the Com­mis­sion should go ahead with the gen­eral elec­tion with the em­bat­tled APC can­di­dates when they ought to have been re­jected due to non­com­pli­ance and vi­o­la­tion of the ex­tents laws re­lat­ing to elec­tion in Nige­ria.

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