- The All Progressives Congress has been warned against imposition of candidates by Tinubu Campaign Organisation
- According to the Campaign Organisation , there are steps for the party to take before it can lay claim to consensus
- It added that a political party that adopts a consensus candidate shall secure the written consent of all cleared aspirant for the position
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been warned against the imposition of a consensus candidate by the Tinubu Campaign Organisation.
This reaction came after the announcement of Senate President Ahmed Lawan as consensus candidate of the party on Monday, June 6.
Punch Newspaper reports that in a statement signed by its Legal Director, Babatunde Ogala, SAN, the support group listed three conditions for picking a consensus candidate as stipulated in the Electoral Act.
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The statement read:
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“The media is inundated with reports that the Chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC) has unilaterally announced the purported adoption of a certain aspirant the consensus presidential candidate of the APC for the forth coming presidential election in 2023.
“While the National Chairman is yet to deny or offer any clarification on the alleged declaration, it is necessary to state that such a declaration is a legal impossibility.
“This is because under the regime of the Electoral Act 2022, consensus, though provided for as one of the means by which a political party may produce its candidate, must specifically occur in a precise form.
“Section 84(9) (10) and (11) of the Electoral Act 2022 are the relevant provisions and they state as follows:
“(9) A political party that adopts a consensus candidate shall secure the written consent of all cleared aspirant for the position, indicating their voluntary withdrawal from the race and their endorsement of the consensus candidate”.
“(10) Where a political party is unable to secure a written consent of all cleared aspirants for the purpose of a consensus candidate, it shall revert to the choice of direct or indirect primaries for the nomination of candidates for the aforesaid elective position."
Tinubu donates 50million to Owo, 25 million to catholic church
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu who visited Owo in Ondo state following terrorists attack on worshippers at Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, the headquarters of the Owo local government area, has donated a total sum of 75million naira.
Specifically, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leading presidential aspirant donated the sum of N50million to the local government and N25million to the Catholic church for the treatment of the injured among other things.
The donation was announced by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu at the palace of Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye on Monday, June 6 when the Tinubu came to commiserate with the state.