The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, may head to court over his inclusion in the list of candidates for Saturday’s rerun election in the Anambra Central Senatorial District.
Ngige threatened to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “deliberately listing his name with a view to humiliating him.”
The minister said he had, in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, informed INEC of his withdrawal from the rerun election on January 11, 2016 when the election was originally scheduled for March 2016.
He wondered what the Commission was up to after rejecting the name forwarded to it by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as his replacement after monitoring the primary that produced the candidate.
He accused INEC of working for the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to emerge unopposed.
He also described Saturday’s election as a charade.
He said: “I’m not participating in the said election which can be described as a charade.
‘I have since by a letter dated January 11, 2016 withdrawn from this rerun election when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016 in accordance with the provisions of sections 33 & 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 for personal and family reasons.
‘My party, the APC, accepted and promptly wrote INEC for my substitution. It went ahead and communicated its intention to organise a primary election for my substitution.
“The primary monitored by INEC was organised at Awka and the name of a new candidate that emerged was promptly submitted, only for INEC to reject the new candidate on January 29.
“My party, the APC and INEC are in the Court of Appeal Abuja over this obnoxious and illegal action of INEC with hearing on the matter fixed for January 23 which is still within the ambit of 90 days ordered by court, only for the INEC to fix an ‘election’ for 13th in order to give an unfair advantage to the APGA candidate to go ‘unopposed.”
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Author: Tony Akowe, Abuja