- The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is getting messier by the day
- The party is still struggling to sustain a united front ahead of the Edo governorship election
- Neighbouring Ondo state might face similar challenges if the ruling party officials do not get their acts right
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not field a candidate in Ondo state.
Documents made available to journalists indicate that the party notified INEC that it has fixed Monday, July 20 for its primary election in the state and invited the electoral commission to monitor the exercise.
However, the letter dated Wednesday, June 17 was only signed by the acting national secretary of the party, Architect Waziri Bulama.
INEC replied to the party that the letter violates the provision of Article 4.4 of the Commission's Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Party Primaries.
According to the commission, such notices must be jointly signed by the national chairman and national secretary of a political party.
Consequently, INEC rejected the latter and advised the party to do the needful.
The letter was signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
By virtue of INEC's stance, unless it takes urgent steps to rectify the situation, APC runs the risk of not having a candidate for the Ondo governorship election.
Meanwhile, ahead of the APC primary election in the state, the Adelami campaign organisation has raised an alarm over an alleged plot to discredit the membership of its principal, Chief Olaide Owolabi Adelami.
The campaign team in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, June 24, by its spokesman, Barrister Segun Ogodo, urged the national leadership of the APC and the presidency to disregard what is described as “campaign of calumny” against its principal.
The statement noted that Adelami is a registered member of the APC in Igboroko 2 ward 3, adding that he worked assiduously for the success of all APC candidates in the 2019 general election.
Recall that the campaign organisation had recently asked security agencies to hold Governor Rotimi Akeredolu responsible if any life is lost during the APC primary election.
In a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, June 23 the group accused the governor of aiding and abetting gross insecurity in the state particularly in Owo, his hometown.
The organisation further asked the security agencies to investigate and make proper arrests before the Monday, July 20 primary election.
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