STILL ON THE EDO NORTH SENATORIAL RERUN. Amb. Tony Okonigene writes from Okpekpe

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STILL ON THE EDO NORTH SENATORIAL RERUN.

Amb. Tony Okonigene writes from Okpekpe

I do not want to believe that the National Chairman of the PDP is not abreast with the provisions of the party’s construction. The only reason anyone can deduce from some of his actions is the fact that, with the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the North as the presidential candidate of the party, Ayu is aware that his days as the National Chairman of the party are numbered and so he needs to cash in as much as possible.

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The PDP constitution provides that the NEC of the party is the final authority that can present the candidates of the party to any authority but subject to the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended) and the Electoral Act (as Amended). In other words, the NEC in taking any action, cannot violate any provision of the Electoral Act (as Amended).

The Electoral Act (as Amended) prohibits any aspirant who has participated in the primary of a political party from participating in the primary of another party in the same election. Haven taken part in the process of the APC Senatorial primary, Senator Francis Alemekhina is ineligible to participate in the PDP primary.

The Electoral Act (as Amended) and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended) vests powers in the Federal High court, Abuja to adjudicate on pre election matters. The Federal High Court Abuja has delivered a final judgement as to the delegates who are to elect the candidates of the party in Edo State. INEC, just as it insisted on obeying the court order during the National Convention, can only accept candidates produced by delegates who emerged from congresses it monitored as directed by the court . The judgement still subsists. The PDP cannot appeal the judgement unless it wants to nullify the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Ayu and his people know all these but since Senator Francis Alemekhina is willing to play the mugu, Ayu is only willing to cash out.

Take this to the bank, INEC already has the lists of the authentic candidates of the PDP in Edo State and Ayu and his people know this.. Let no one loose any sleep about the charade that took place in Edo North Senatorial district yesterday.

Amb. Tony Okonigene writes from Okpekpe

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