INEC rejects Bello as Ag. APC chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has rejected Governor of Niger State Sani Bello and Professor Tahir Mamman as acting party national chairman and secretary respectively of the All Progressives Congress.

The Cornet gathered that Bello wrote to the INEC informing it of the change of roles in the ruling party and at the same time invited the electoral body to its imminent NEC.

The INEC however rejected the letter, because it was neither signed by Governor Mai Mala Buni nor John Akpanudoedehe.

Buni, the governor of Yobe, and Akpanudoehe were national chairman and secretary of the APC national caretaker committee respectively, before they were eased out on allegations of nursing sinister intentions.

The INEC rejection letter was signed by its secretary, Rose Omoa Oriaran-Anthony.

The purported letter reads: “The Commission draws your attention to the fact that the notice for the meeting was not signed by the National Chairman (Buni) and National Secretary (Akpanudoedehe) of the CECPC, contrary to the provision of the Article 1.1.3 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2018),

“Furthermore, the APC is reminded of the provision in Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which requires ‘at least 21 days’ notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting convened for the purpose of ‘merger’ and electing members of executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any elective offices,”




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