Stakeholders of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have called for the arrest of officials responsible for the missing delegate list of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had cancelled the results of PDP’s 3-man adhoc delegate list over malpractices and substantial violation of extant laws.
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The Electoral body had in a letter dated 17th May 17, 2022, and signed by the a acting Secretary, Mr. Aminu Idris, said that the commission’s Monitoring Report on the One-Man Ad Hoc National Delegates Congress in Imo had indicated substantial non-compliance as no original LGA Congress Result form was provided at any of the LGA Congress venues.
The letter said the Commission had expected that PDP primaries in Imo State should have been conducted using only Statutory Delegates as provided in the Constitution of the party
Reacting to the development, Opposition Coalition Spokesperson , Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, blamed the desperation of some party officials as the cause of the cancellation of the party’s 3-man adhoc delegate and national delegate lists.
He maintained that the desperate resolve to hijack the adhoc and national delegates is the sole reason Imo National Delegates listu and over 900 adhoc delegates were invalidated by INEC.
Ugochinyere who is vying for House of Representatives seat for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency called on the National leadership of the Party to order the immediate arrest and investigation of the Electoral Officers from the Party responsible for the missing results sheets for the conduct of wards 3-man Delegates congress and Local Government 1-man National Delegates Congress.
He said the decision by INEC was a painful one for the Party but in line with the extant laws appears the only option for the PDP in view of the desperate circumstances.
Ugochinyere commended the INEC as the Party without the letter from INEC, may have gone ahead to conduct invalid primaries election which would have landed the party in a catastrophic end in Imo State.