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APC May File No Candidate in Taraba State General Election. Prof. Mahmud.

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) Taraba state may not be having any valid candidate all over the State as it was in the case of Zamfara State 2019 election. This is as a result of their regrettable omission to notify INEC that they will conduct direct Primaries in Taraba State.

In a letter dated 30th May 2022, the Party clearly admitted it’s regrettable error, omission or failure to notify INEC about any of it’s purported direct Primaries in Taraba State. Unlike 2010 Electoral Act that has no punishment for failure to notify INEC, the 2022 Act renders any primaries, meeting, convention or congress without notice to INEC void.

Section 82 (1) of the Act requires every political party to notify INEC about the mode of primary election at least 21 days to the Primaries. In the case of direct Primaries, the register of members that will vote at the direct Primaries must have been submitted to INEC at least 30 days to the said primaries. See section 77(c) of Electoral Act.

Giving INEC notice means that the letter must come before the event. A notice giving to you after the event is no notice at all.

You cannot say that you were properly invited or validly invited to witness what has already happened.

They are right that it was an error or human oversight. However, the soar taste of that error or omission shall not depart from their mouth. The consequences of failure to give advance notice to INEC is same under the law whether deliberate or by error or omission or human oversight. It is void.

There is no room for exception.
Section 82 (5) renders all the Primaries without advance notice void.

This is the sad reality looking at APC Taraba State face to face, unless there is some legal magic or judicial miracle.

Going through the primaries, you will realise that the 109 senators and the 360 house of rep members never actually read through the new electoral amendment act..

They were just screaming, “Mr President sign! Sign! Sign!” without even knowing what they have sent to him to sign..
To sound elitist, a lot of people kept disturbing our eyes and ears with.. “Muhammadu Buhari is scared of signing!”.. what do you know was to be signed.. These lots never showed their constituencies!

From the selection of only delegates.. these funny politicians didn’t even know when they wrote off their statutory delegates!

Like football coaches, it was their duty to inform their parties.

They don’t even know when they nipped in what made the Yørúbas opt for another candidate other than Yemi Osibanjo, because a VP who has done 2 terms can now only do a one term as president.

This was where Ebele Goodluck Jonathan was sorting for clarification, to know if he is still eligible because, he has done VP that jumped into two terms and a one term President.

PDP has not told their supporters that by the new electoral laws, Atiku Abubakar can only do a one term, haven done 2 terms as VP.

The new law does not permit anyone who has contested for primaries in one party to skip to another for any position in the same election year. So the Mr.Peter Obi coming to PDP or NNPP Kwankwasiya teaming with Peter Obi is gone..
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The law does not even permit that any of those that has contested for any position to take up any other in the same year.. so the story of Nyesom Wike or Yahaya Bello, being a VP or Yahaya Ndatse of Taraba State snatching Indo Mackson ticket is off for 2023.. cos they can’t aspire for president and VP or house of Rep and Assembly in the same electoral year.
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In fact, the scenerio that made Atiku a VP can’t happen again, where he won as governor and was later picked by Olusegun Obasanjo as VP..
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As you are struggling to get your PVC, struggle to know the rules of the game! Go and read and understand the Electoral Laws before these guys go slam us from behind and we will go back and blame INEC and Courts..

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