- The PDP has to conduct another governorship primary in Abia state following the death of its guber candidate, Professor Uche Eleazar Ikonne
- According to INEC, the party must conduct the primary in the next 14 days to replace the deceased candidate
- The commission's commissioner on voter education and publicity, Festus Okoye, explained why the deputy governorship candidate cannot automatically replace the deceased
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FCT, Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state to conduct a fresh governorship primary election in the next 14 days to replace its governorship candidate, Professor Uche Eleazar Ikonne.
The electoral commission gave the directive following the death of Professor Ikonne on Wednesday, January 25.
Deputy governorship candidate cannot automatically become the guber flag bearer, INEC clarifies
Okoye further clarified that the new Electoral Act does not allow the deputy governorship candidate of the party to automatically assume the position of the gubernatorial candidate since the election was yet to start.
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“He (the deputy governorship candidate) can only fly the flag if election has commenced. They have to hold a fresh primary within 14 days of the death and then they submit to INEC," the national commissioner stated.
Okoye said the 14 days given to the PDP to conduct a fresh primary started from the day Ikonne died.
The PDP guber candidate at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.
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