Independent National Electoral Commission has warned political parties that it will recognise only the delegates from the congresses monitored by its officials.
INEC said only delegates from such monitored congresses are considered eligible to vote at party primaries.
The Commission in a memo to all political parties, warned that it would recognise only delegates produced by congresses “duly monitored by the commission.”
In the memo signed by INEC’s Secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, INEC its decision is predicated on Section 84 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022.
According to the section, “A political party seeking to nominate candidates for elections under this act shall hold primaries for aspirants to all elective positions which shall be monitored by the commission.
“In line with this provision, the commission shall, in monitoring primaries, only recognise delegates that emerge from congresses duly monitored by the commission.”
Already, main opposition Peoples Democratic Party had conducted parallel governorship primaries in Ogun, Edo, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom states.
Similar, the All Progressives Congress in Abia State held three parallel governorship primaries.
In the various states, different factions of both the PDP and APC held Houses of Assembly and National Assembly primary elections candidates produced candidates for each of them.