The Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is blaming the electoral umpire for making public, the dates it fixed for primary elections and selection of delegates for the 2019 general elections.
For any political party to conduct internal election, it must write to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), informing it of the dates and time for proper supervision.
Elanza News saw a copy of the leaked document with INEC,s received stamp being shared on a popular social media platform, Whatsapp.
But APC which had on Thursday refuted a newspaper report concerning the released timetables for State/National Assembly, Governorship and Presidential primaries, admitted today INEC officials are behind the information.
In a statement signed by the APC’s acting Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, said the leaked formal notification to INEC was done by the party in pursuant to the provisions of Section 85 of the 2010 Electoral Act (as amended).
“Our attention has been drawn to a leaked letter the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole wrote to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu informing the Commission of the schedule of the Congresses and Primaries to elect Party candidates for the 2019 General Elections.”
“These leaks of our sensitive and confidential correspondence to INEC is becoming commonplace and totally unacceptable. We strongly request that INEC looks into its internal handling of official correspondence and put a stop to these leaks.”
“While the leaked formal notification to INEC has been done by the APC pursuant to the provisions of Section 85 of the 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), we advise the general public particularly the media to wait for an official announcement from the Party as the leaked dates are subject to changes, if necessary,” the statement added.
Elanza News reports that in the leaked document, APC had planned to hold its delegates congresses for the State House of Assembly, National Assembly, Governorship and Presidential positions on 8 and 19 September, respectively.