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By Gistflash News
July 25, 2021
APC grants waivers to new members, returning executives to contest congresses
By Gistflash News
July 18, 2021
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the approved schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of its nationwide ward congresses scheduled for July 31.
The approved schedule was contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the party had, however, granted waivers to new members and returning executives to contest congresses.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) has granted waivers to new members who applied for such and also to all officers at Ward, Local Government and State levels.
“In addition to waivers granted to officers seeking re-election, waiver is hereby granted to persons who joined the party recently to vote and be voted for, provided that their names are in the ward registers,” he said.
According to Akpanudoedehe, purchase of nomination forms for Ward, Local Government and Area Councils and State Congresses would take place from July 19 to August 28.
“Screening of aspirants for the ward party positions is scheduled for July 29 to July 30, ward congresses will hold July 31, appeals arising from ward congresses will hold August 2 to August 7,” he said.
He added that only wards and Local Government Areas stipulated in sections 156 of the Electoral Act and in part I&II of the first schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended are recongised.
He further added that guiding regulation for the nationwide congresses was binding on all persons coordinating and participating in the exercise.
Akpanudoedehe said each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) shall for the purpose of the party’s 2021 congresses, have a committee of seven persons to be selected based on their proven integrity.
“They shall be appointed and supervised by the CECPC and shall be referred to as the Ward Congress Committee (WCC).The members of the committees will be posted to places outside their states of recruitment.
“It shall be composed of a Chairman, Secretary and five other members, one of whom shall be a woman where possible.
“The committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the ward congress exercise in their place of posting,” the APC scribe said.
He added that the WCC shall appoint three persons from any other part of the state other than the ward in which they would serve to be referred as Local Ward Congress Committee (LWCC).
He said the LWCC shall be responsible for the conduct of the screening and congress in their assigned ward under the directives and supervision of the WCC which shall ensure that the exercise was all inclusive.
He said the ward congress would consist of all registered party members in the ward, adding that newly registered members from the updated 2021 party membership register were eligible to participate in the ward congress.
According to him,the ward congress would carry out the election of Ward Chairman,Ward Vice Chairman,Ward Secretary,Ward Assistant Secretary, Ward Legal Adviser and Ward Assistant Legal Adviser, among others.
“Aspirants to party positions in the wards will be elected at the various congresses and must be persons with the highest degree of good character, competence and capacity and shall pay the specified fees for the party nomination form.
“Aspirants for the position of Ward Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N10, 000; forms for Ward Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer positions cost N5,000.
“Other offices cost N2,000. All delegates will pay N1,000 for the form,” Akpanudoedehe said.
He added that chairmanship aspirants shall require one sponsor per polling unit within the ward, while other positions shall require one sponsor from at least half of the polling units within the ward.
He further added that all female aspirants and persons with disability shall pay 50 per cent of the prescribed fees for each position.
He said all payments for purchase of nomination forms shall be made directly into APC accredited banks.
He added that all party positions prescribed or implied by its Constitution for the congresses, shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective congresses.
“However, for peace and harmony, the party encourages emergence of candidates through consensus in the first instance, provided that where a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position.
“A vote of yes or no by ballot or voice shall be called.
“Utmost transparency is required in all elections, therefore, in all respects, votes must be counted and results announced and recorded on the spot.
“In the event of a tie in any ballot, the election for that particular office shall be repeated for the tying candidates until a winner emerges,” he said.
He added that the winner of an election shall be determined by a simple majority of total votes cast and declared winner in an open view.
Akpanudoedehe further added that all persons vying for the position of youth leader must be between 18-35 years, saying that all aspirants must show evidence of financial membership of the party.
Anambra guber: Reactions trail INEC candidates’ list
By Gistflash News
July 17, 2021
Some politicians in Anambra have expressed mixed reactions to the governorship candidates’ list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Friday.
The list came as a surprise to many as prominent names including that of Prof Chukwuma Soludo and Mr Valentine Ozigbo who were expected to contest for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were missing.
While Rep Chukwuma Umeoji was listed for APGA, that of PDP had no candidate on the list.
Sen. Andy Uba and Dr Akachukwu Nwankpo were listed for all Progressives Congress (APC) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) alongside their deputies.
Reacting to the vacant space in PDP, Mr Samuel Anyakorah, a chieftain of the party loyal to the Chukwudi Umeaba faction said his camp was satisfied that INEC acted according to law.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PDP held two primary elections on June 26 conducted separately by Umeaba Caretaker Committee and PDP national leadership.
Anyakorah said what would have been a surprise was Ozigbo’s name was listed when the matter challenging the legitimacy of his candidacy was still pending in court.
According to him, that is what we wanted, we are happy that INEC obeyed the court, the substantive suit is still pending and as I am talking to you we have adopted our cases and are expecting judgement.
“When the matter is determined by the court, INEC will know the right candidate to list,” he said.
On his part, Chief Valentine Ayika, a director in the Valentine Chineto Ozigbo Campaign Organisation told NAN that nothing had gone wrong with the development apart from its distractive value.
Ayika said the unfortunate thing about the development was that Ozigbo would not have his credentials scrutinised at the time as those of his contemporaries.
He expressed dismay that the court would stop an electoral process that was in progress against the provision of the Electoral Act, saying it was misled by some people.
He however said Ozigbo’s would be published 30 days to the election in line with guidelines after the cases would have been determined because they had no locus to challenge a process they did not belong to.
On his part, Mr Jude Okoye, a strong enthusiast of APGA said the listing of Umeoji for APGA was a welcome idea in view of the ‘impunity’ prostrated by the party leadership.
Okoye, who described Umeoji as a grassroots politician, said he was a unifier and had the capacity to win the Nov.6 election if the candidacy was upheld.
In their reaction, the Soludo Campaign Organisation said the basis upon which Umeoji was recognised by INEC was not sustainable and that the Economist would contest the election on the ticket of APGA.
A statement which was signed by Joe Anatune, a director in the organisation, urged the Anambra electorate to be calm as their legal team was handling the situation.
“Therefore, there is no need for Anambra people and all lovers of progress in Nigeria to be worried about the judgment, the judgment will be set aside.
“We thought that the state had passed the stage where some politicians moved from one end of the country to the other in the dead of the night in search of judicial orders to impose themselves on the people.
“Our supporters should rather remain supremely confident of not only Soludo’s participation in the November 6 gubernatorial vote but also his triumph in the polls with a big margin,” it stated.
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