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INEC disowns Labour Party’s convention

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disowned Wednesday’s Labour Party (LP) National Convention held in Nnewi, Anambra. Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary…

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disowned Wednesday’s Labour Party (LP) National Convention held in Nnewi, Anambra.

Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.

Oyekanmi said the conduct of the convention was not monitored by INEC, declining to state further why it was not monitored.

NAN however reports that the LP had on Tuesday shifted the convention from Umuahia to Nnewi.

Speaking on the change in venue, Mr Kehinde Edun, the LP National Legal Adviser, told newsmen that the party had duly informed INEC about the change in venue and date.

“No, it is holding in Anambra. Nnewi to be precise, not Umuahia in Abia again. In fact, Umuahia was not even the first venue we chose. Benin was the first choice before we changed to Umuahia and now Nnewi.

“So, we are at liberty to pick any venue of our choice. We only need to inform INEC about the change in venue and the time,” Edun said.

Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 states that political parties shall give INEC at least 21 days’ notice of convention, congress, conference or meeting.

This includes the convention or meeting convened for the purpose of “merger” and electing members of its executive committees, and other governing bodies or nominating candidates. (NAN)

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