Primaries: Again, INEC Orders Imo PDP To Use Only Statutory Delegates

Thu May 19th, 2022 - Imo

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State has taken a new turn as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the party to use only statutory delegates for the conduct of all primary elections in the state.

INEC had earlier voided the conduct of the 3-man adhoc delegates election of the party held on April 30, 2022 and a subsequently rescheduled another congress for May 11, 2022.

In the latest twist, the commission by a letter dated May 17, 2022 addressed to the national chairman of PDP also voided the 1-man delegate election conducted by the party as there were no original result sheets at any of the congress venues.

The commission, thereafter, ordered the PDP in Imo State to conduct all primary elections using only statutory delegates as provided for in the PDP Constitution.

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Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, an aspirant for House of Representatives, in his reaction, said the INEC decision was a victory for Imo PDP and a commendable rescue from an impending catastrophic end as the party would have used an illegal list of delegates to conduct a primary election which would have led to the entire process being voided.

Ikenga also expressed sympathy with the over 900 adhoc Delegate hopefuls in the state who have now lost the opportunity to participate in the primaries and vote to choose the candidates of the party for the 2023 elections.

He further faulted the National Secretary of the party, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, for being the reason for the painful loss.




source: Leadership