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Sowore Remains AAC Chairman, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rubbished the orchestrated suspension of African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore as Chairman of the party, saying it would only continue to recognize and relate with him as the substantive National Chairman.

INEC’s decision is coming five days after one Mazi Okwy read a resolution of suspension to journalists in Abuja while installing the expelled secretary of the party, Leonard Ezenwa as acting party chairman.

The electoral body in a statement signed by Rose Oriaran-Anthony, secretary to the commission on Friday said: “The commission after reviewing the content of the letter has established the following.

“There is no documentary evidence that a meeting of the AAC National Executive Committee (NEC) was convened by the National Chairman as required by Chapter 9 Section 59(a) of the Constitution of AAC.

“The party did not provide a 21-day notice of the NEC meeting as required by Section85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“There are no minutes or evidence of attendance of the AAC National Executive Committee meeting where the National Chairman and eight (8) others were purportedly suspended.

“Accordingly, the Commission shall continue to recognize and relate with Mr. Sowore Omoyele as the substantive national Chairman of the African Action Congress.”

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