The crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC is at the threshold of denying the party participation in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State it emerged on Wednesday.
The threat to the party’s participation came from a message from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC that it had rejected the party’s notice to it for the party primaries.
The notice was signed by the Acting National Secretary against the regulation that such letters should be signed by the national chairman and secretary.
INEC in its letter to the APC with reference INEC/DEPIM/APC/522/T.3 with the title “Re: Notice of conduct of primaries” requested the party to issue a fresh notice for the primary. The letter was signed by INEC secretary, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
The APC is engulfed in a leadership crisis with two factions contending for ascendancy.
The letter to the APC national chairman read thus: “Please refer to your letter with reference APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/020/013 which was received by the Commission on June 18, 2020.
“The commission notes that your notice scheduling the conduct of APC Ondo State governorship primary on July 20, 2020, was signed by only the acting national secretary.
“This is contrary to the provision of Article 4.4 of the commission’s regulations and guidelines for the conduct of party primaries which requires that such notices shall be jointly signed by the national chairman and national secretary of the political party.
“Accordingly, your party is advised to issue an appropriate notice for the conduct of its Ondo State governorship primary in line with relevant provisions of the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of party primaries.”