Peoples Democratic Party on Monday rejected a report of the Independent National Electoral Commission which voided the election of 12 out of the 16 members of the party’s national convention.
The INEC’s 12-man committee under the chairmanship of Col. M.K. Hammanga, rejected the adoption of affirmation for the 12 members of the NWC, whose election was rejected.
It was the position of the commission that the process adopted by the PDP to elect the affected 12 officials of the party violated paragraph 6.5 of the guidelines used for conducting the 2012 congresses and national convention of the party.
However, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, who rejected the report of the commission, said it was sinister and written in bad faith being released a year after the conduct of the said election in March 2012 at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
In the report sent to the party on Monday, INEC approved the election of the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the Financial Secretary of the party, elder Bolaji Anani, the removed National Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and the National Auditor Bode Mustapha, who had also been sacked.
Those whose election had been voided by the committee are the Deputy National Chairman, Sam Sam Jaja; National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha; Deputy National Organising Secretary and Okechukwu Nnadozie.
Others are the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh; Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Binta Goje; National Youth Leader, Garba Chiza; his Deputy, Dennis Alonge Niyi; Deputy National Auditor, Senator Umar Ibrahim; National Woman Leader; Kema Chikwe; her Deputy, Hannatu Ulam; Deputy National Treasurer, Claudus Inengas; and the National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon.
Metuh, whose election was listed among those disapproved by INEC said INEC lacked the powers to remove any member of the NWC.