INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega
By Chuks Okocha
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday faulted the ward congresses of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), directing the party to conduct fresh ward congresses in nine states where there are recorded faults.
The directive by INEC also came on a day the electoral commission said it had not fixed any date for the re-run election for Anambra South Senatorial Zone seat, which was scheduled for March 17.
In a letter signed by INEC’s Secretary, Abdullahi Kaugama, addressed to the National Chairman of PDP, INEC said the congresses in Sokoto, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Lagos, Anambra and Katisna were not held in line with laid down guidelines for the convention and guidelines.
The letter, which was titled: “Ward Congresses of PDP”, and dated March 5 stated that: “The forthcoming local government and state congresses of your party in the above states would be constrained by the respective failure of ward congresses to hold as provided by the constitution of the PDP.”
Continuing, the letter added: “The commission therefore urges the PDP to reschedule the ward congresses in the states listed above to enable the respective states have the basis for proceeding with LGA’s, states and zonal congresses as scheduled by your party.”
The letter further explained that the commission arrived at the decision based on its role in monitoring and “therefore wishes to call your party’s attention to the failure of the ward congresses in some states.”
The commission however stated that while ward congresses were postponed in Ogun and Yobe States, monitoring reports revealed that the ward congresses in the two states mentioned were not in accordance with PDP set down rules.
Meanwhile, INEC in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has become aware of reports that the re-run election for Anambra South Senatorial Zone seat is scheduled for this Saturday, March 17, 2012. INEC wishes to state that the reports are untrue.
The Commission is yet to take a decision on a date for the election, and certainly hasn’t scheduled it to hold on Saturday, March 17th, 2012. The Commission will announce a date for the election once a decision is taken.”