The national chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the November 6, 2021 poll.
Nwosu, who stated this in a chat with newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital, yesterday, alleged that the aforementioned political parties displayed gross indiscipline and leadership deficit in the conduct of their primary elections.
He said: “Everybody in Anambra and Nigeria is witness to what happened in Anambra as far as the primaries of APGA, APC and PDP are concerned. Going by records, these three political parties should not participate in the process. What happened in the APC primary was an ambush. The party opted for a direct primary. But at the end of the day, a candidate emerged without anything like primary taking place anywhere. This is a violation of the APC constitution and the Electoral Act.x
“For APGA, up till today, the party still has three factions, producing three candidates through three different processes. Apart from going contrary to APGA’s constitution, APGA also went against the Electoral Act in the conduct of their primaries. So, INEC was right when it said that there was no clear congress that produced delegates for APGA’s primary.
“For PDP, the story is the same. Every day, the party continues to change techniques of doing their primary. Today, they will say adhoc delegates; tomorrow, super delegates; the next, nominal delegates. As far as we’re concerned, the only party that followed due process in selecting its candidate for the Anambra guber is the ADC.”
He said that if by November 6, Anambra people elect ADC’s candidate, the state would enjoy the best leadership since its creation.
The governorship candidate of the APC in the 2019 general elections, Senator Ayogu Eze, meanwhile, said the success of the party in the 2023 elections in the state would be hinged on peace and unity. He, therefore, enjoined party faithful to imbibe the virtues to move the party forward.
Eze, who spoke at a meeting of Enugu stakeholders at the secretariat of the party in Enugu, ahead of congresses, insisted that the fortune of the party depends on how successful the exercise is.
He said: “Let us stop the crisis until we get the governorship seat. If we are united, we will win elections and there will be enough food on our table and appointments will come from within us here.”x