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INEC rejects PDP primary in Ekiti

09 December 2014, 15:37

Ado Ekiti - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the House of Representatives’ primaries conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti North Federal Constituency II.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti,  Halilu Pai, said the commission would not recognise the primary because it did not conform with the extant regulations.

Report had come in on Sunday that Thaddeus Aina won the primaries after defeating other aspirants.

Also read: PDP releases Ekiti Assembly candidates

But Pai, who stated this in a statement by the commission’s Public Relations Officer, Taiwo Gbadegesin, on Monday said there was no evidence that the primary took place as the commission did not witness it.

He said, “The PDP claimed that there was primary in the place, but to us in INEC, we believed there was no primary.

“This commission cannot recognise primaries conducted in the middle of the night as election, because reports by our electoral officers indicated that the primary did not begin even as at 8.30pm in the night. So, when was the election conducted?

“We owe it a duty to say the truth now to prevent future backlash. It is the responsibility of this commission to ensure that things are done rightly and on that we stand,” he stated.

-   NAN

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