Imo North bye-election: REC in dilemma

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  • As Nwafor, Nlemigbo factions chose 3rd, 13th for primaries respectively

There are strong indications that the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Ezeonu may be in for a dilemma when the All Progressives Congress (APC) concludes its primary election for the Okigwe (Imo North) senatorial election.
The confusion stems from two lists of candidates which are expected to be submitted by the two factional leadership in the party. The two factional groups have scheduled their different dates of conducting their primary election.
The Daniel Nwafor group laying claim to the leadership of the party on the strength of court ruling has scheduled the date of the primary election for September 3rd, 2020. In the same vein, the Marcellinus Nlemigbo faction also fixed Sept 13rth for the primary election which is expected to produce the party’s flag bearer.
A release containing notice to all political parties fielding candidates for the 31st October bye-elections, INEC has directed that all primaries be conducted between August 24 and September, 18,2020.
It further directed that all the parties participating in the election forward within 48 hours , the venues and time of the Congress/Primaries, agenda, guidelines for the conduct of the elections, list of planning committee members, comprehensive list of delegates, list of nominated candidates/contestants as well as other necessary information.
The release also indicated that the last date for the submission of names, addresses, passport photographs of the polling agents to the Electoral Commissioners as provided in the Electoral Act is October 17.
Political pundits hold the views that the same predicament confronts the aspirants who are also in dilemma over where to pitch their tenth in what they call political drama of a sort.
Nwafor led group is keeping to the directives issued by the national secretariat of the party which also fixed the Sept 3rd date. Interestingly, the Nlemigbo group which appears recognized by the national office because it has been discharging responsibilities officially has chosen a different date.
INEC seemingly holds the joker on who is the actual chairman of the party because it is not expected that it would accept two nominations from same party.
When Edge Express sought to contact the REC he neither picked calls nor responded to the text message on the matter.


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