Edo guber: Makinde rejects PDP appointment as ward congress electoral committee chair

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has rejected his appointment as the ward congress electoral committee chairman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Edo State.

In a letter dated February 3, 2024, and addressed to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) through the National Organizing Secretary, Umar Bature, Makinde said he would be declining the appointment because he has prior state engagements and that the late of notification also meant that he could not properly review any actions taken by the Directorate of Organization.

He said: “Let me begin by first thanking the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for nominating me to serve as chairman of this very crucial and sensitive committee. However, given that I was notified of my appointment as the chairman of this very important committee on Friday, February 2, 2024, for a congress scheduled for February 3 and 4, 2024, I regret to inform the NWC that I will be declining this appointment as I have prior state engagements for these dates. The late notification also means that I could not properly review any actions taken by the Directorate of Organization before my appointment.”

Responding, Bature also wrote to the governor, acknowledging the receipt of his letter declining his appointment. Bature said: “This is to officially confirm the receipt of your letter dated Friday, February 2, 2024, and received today, February 3, 2024, declining your appointment as the Chairman of the Edo State three-man ad-hoc ward congresses electoral committee for the purposes of electing three delegates at the ward congresses scheduled to hold on Sunday, February 4, 2024.

“The exercise is governed by rules and regulation as contained in the ‘PDP Electoral Guidelines for Governorship Primary Election,’ made available to all.  Pursuant to this guideline, there are provisions for the Electoral Appeal Panel whose mandate among others is to hear and consider appeals and petitions arising from the conduct of the exercise. It is, therefore, advisable for any aggrieved aspirant to forward his or her petition to the Electoral Appeal Panel.”



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