Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its candidates in Anambra State to defy the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and proceed with campaigning ahead of the general election scheduled for next month.
The ruling party, through a statement by its National Secretary, Professor Olawale Oladipo, said its attention has been drawn to a law recently enacted by the Anambra State Government banning people who had been screened out by INEC from campaigning.
“It is clear that this law is targeted at the members of our great Party who have challenged the list of candidates published by INEC in courts of competent jurisdiction. It would be recalled that in accordance with the Constitution of our country and the extant electoral laws, our great Party conducted primary election for the selection of candidates to represent the Party during the elections,” the statement read.
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PDP said following the conclusion of the primary election, the party submitted the names of the duly nominated candidates to INEC as the candidates of the Party but in deference to a court order, INEC published a different set of names as the candidates of the party.
“This action has been challenged in court and indeed the order relied on by INEC has been appealed against,” PDP stated.
The party added that it was its responsibility to nominate its candidates for an election.
“We do not therefore have any doubts that our duly nominated candidates will prevail in the end as the candidates of our party. We view with grave concern the action of the Anambra State Government in legislating on a matter that is beyond its competence and indeed sub judice.
"The attempt to prevent our duly nominated and very popular candidates from campaigning goes against the core tenets of democratic freedoms and a denial of the fundamental human rights of the affected candidates.”