Leadership (Abuja)

25 January 2013

Nigeria: Aspirant Wants FCT PDP Primaries Cancelled

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship aspirant in the December 29, 2012 Gwagwalada area council chairmanship primaries, Alhaji Saidu Garba, has called for the cancellation of the election on grounds that it did not conform with the provision of the Electoral Act.

Garba, in a petition to the FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner, said no election was conducted in Gwagwalada on December 31, following the annulment of the December 29 primaries.

He said the primary election was annulled following reports and observations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the conduct of the election was not in line with the provision of section 87 of the Electoral Act.

According to him, the election was annulled by the party with the aim of conducting fresh primaries on December 31, so as to ensure that the election would be in conformity with the provision of the Electoral Act.

Garba said that he was therefore surprised when on the date fixed for the election, no fresh chairmanship primary election took place in Gwagwalada Area Council.

"The names of all aspirants who are said to have won the cancelled election of December 29, 2012 were again purportedly submitted to your office as winners of December 31, election which never took place," he stressed.

He said the name of one Mustapha Adamu forwarded to INEC was not a true reflection of the people's choice since the election was never conducted in Gwagwalada area council.

"I wish to inform you that no primary election can be conducted in Gwagwalada area council without the knowledge of INEC, police, SSS, party delegates and the aspirants. I therefore urge you to use your statutory powers under the Electoral Act and re-order fresh election which should be well monitored and supervised by your office and other relevant agencies," he added.

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