The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to annul the recent election of former Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, claiming that it was not held in compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
Oshiomhole emerged unopposed alongside 21 other unchallenged prospective national officers, who were elected by affirmation vote at the national convention of the party held last weekend in Abuja.
But the PDP is now calling on INEC to declare Oshiomhole and the others’ election void on the ground that they were not returned through the ballot, stressing that the electoral umpire had declared similar action null and void when it elected its officers through voice vote in 2012.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by a delegation from his Kabba Bunu community in Kogi State, the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “We want to recall that in 2012, we had a convention which INEC declared a nullity because they said we did not follow the rules.”
He continued, “As we speak today, the coronation that the APC conducted at the Eagle Square did not fit into any of our electoral laws. And we, therefore, call on INEC to declare it null and void.
“All those who did not go through votes at the convention, all those who were elected by voice votes, INEC must declare their elections null and void because they did not go through the electoral laws.”