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Factional Anambra PDP Reps candidates protest at INEC

30 March 2016, 15:31

Abuja - House of Representatives candidates of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State and their supporters on Wednesday stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja to protest the continued delay of the commission to act on the Supreme Court judgment in respect of the rightful winners of the National Assembly seats in the state in the 2015 general elections.

The protesters, who took up positions at the entrance to the commission chanted solidarity songs and displayed placards, calling on INEC to issue certificates of return to the representatives in order for them to resume at the National Assembly.

They also accused the national electoral body of bias in the way it is handling the matter.

Also read: Supreme Court dismisses INEC motion on Anambra PDP

The protesters were, however, prevented from gaining access to INEC premises.

After about an hour of protest, the leader of INEC security team asked their representative to come in and deliver their letter.

The apex court had in a unanimous judgment by a five-man bench upheld Ejike Oguebego-led Executive Committee of the PDP in Anambra State as constituting the party’s authentic leadership.

The judgment was interpreted differently by the two opposing camps in state.

While the Oguebego camp saw the judgment as an indication that all present lawmakers from the state have been sacked and are now to be replaced by candidates on the earlier list submitted to the INEC by the Ejike Oguebego-led Executive Committee , the other camp insisted that the Supreme Court made no such declaration.

- News 24


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