Govs, INEC violated Electoral Act during parties’ primaries, Reps allege

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The House of Representatives on Thursday set up an ad hoc committee to probe alleged violations of the Electoral Act by political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission during last month’s primaries to pick candidates for the 2019 polls.

The House observed that the primaries exposed the lack of internal democracy in the political parties, while it accused INEC of looking the other way when the abuses occurred.

State governors were also heavily criticised for allegedly manipulating the primaries in some instances, with the sole objective of imposing their preferred candidates on the parties.

The All Progressives Congress received much of the attacks, as most of the speakers on Thursday were aggrieved members of the ruling party still hurting over the loss of tickets to return next year.

However, some opposition party members, including the Peoples Democratic Party, also complained that they were not fairly treated during the primaries.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, resolved to conduct an investigation after an APC member from Niger State, Mr. Adamu Chika, moved a motion to draw attention to the alleged violations.

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