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2019: ZLP threatens legal action against APC over mode of primaries

2019: ZLP threatens legal action against APC over mode of primaries

.. Reps Member, Adelaja joins part

OBIORA IFOH, Abuja

The leadership of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has threatened to sue the All Progressives Congress (APC) for adopting both direct and indirect mode of primary election.The APC had adopted both direct and indirect mode of primary elections and also instructed its state executives to chose the modality that will be suitable for them and communicate same to the Nations Secretariat.

But quoting section 83 of the electoral act, the National Chairman of Zenith Labour Party, Barr. Dan Nwanyanwu said that the APC breached the law by using both direct and indirect primaries for their candidates nomination process. He said that the electoral act stated that a party can use direct or indirect primary election process and not both, adding that by adopting both procedures, the party has breached the electoral act.

The party chairman who issued the threat on Friday in Abuja, during the unveiling of Zenith Labour Party, one of the newly registered political parties said, “Three political parties wanted to use direct and indirect primary’s and it is against the law. Section 87(3) says that for direct primary all candidates must be given equal opportunity. For the indirect, the act went further to state the criteria

“But the party that is ruling us, the APC is using both. Our lawyers are already waiting. You cannot use both legal and illegal primary’s, it is unconstitutional and illegal. We must obey the law.”

Nwanyanwu stated that ZLP is monitoring the activities of the ruling party, adding that if the party does not reverse it decisions before the 9th of October, then ZLP will have no option that to drag them before the law. ZNL further argued that APC went as far as allowing the state executives, an entity unknown to the electoral act to take decisions on behalf of the party, a development he described as an anomaly.

“We are breaking laws everyday even as it affects other political parties. This is why zenith party will challenge it in the court” Nwanyanwu emphasised.

The party leader described the just concluded Osun governorship election as a charade and a mockery of democratic process.He said, “Osun state election unfortunately, in just seven polling units yesterday brought out the ugly side of our political culture. There was the use of government apparatus to subvert the will of the people. What could have been a plus to INEC ended up as a disaster. This is not only shameful for Nigeria but also for the international observers which have condemned it in a joint press conference.”

He urged the President to urgently accent to the electoral act, which will lead to implementing the full electronic voting system. He said that the act will end ballot boxes, declaration of public holidays for voting purposes, snatching of ballot boxes, heavy deployment of security agents and cost of running elections will be reduce drastically.

“Our fear is that Nigerian may not survive the cost of those who want to take power at all cost and by those who want to retain power at all cost.”What happened yesterday was not only a charade, the perfidy should not be accepted by the Osun people, what happened in Osun yesterday is a shame.”Meanwhile Hon. Joseph Adelaja has joined the party, promising to bring former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko on board.

Adelaja who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the party as the coming together of a family to rescue the country from collapse.

He said that ZLP is a party that has social democratic ethos, which has large consideration for people with disabilities, women and youths. He said that the party is poised to rescue the country from hunger and poverty.

Present at the event were former Secretary of Labour Party, Barr. Kayode Ajulo, Civil Society Activist Ariyo Atoye, Alhaji Umaru Aliyu who is the party’s Gov. Aspirant in Nassarawa. Mallam Mainasara, Deputy National Chairman North, Isa Mohammed Abuja, Chairman, FCT chapter among others.

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