“Sowore Remains AAC Chairman” – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has restated its recognition of Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC).

INEC in a statement signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, on May 14, averred that the contents of the AAC’s letter to them on May 13 were not convincing enough.

In the said letter, the AAC sought to suspend Sowore and eight other members of the party for being involved in anti-party activities.

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However, in its reply, the INEC averred that there was no evidence of a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, as required by the constitution. “There is no documentary evidence that a meeting of the AAC NEC was convened by the National Chairman as required by Chapter 9 Section 59(a) of the constitution of the AAC”.

“The party did not provide a 21-day notice of the NEC meeting as required by Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). There are no minutes or evidence of attendance of the AAC NEC meeting where the National Chairman and eight others were purportedly suspended”.

“Accordingly, the Commission shall continue to recognise and relate with Mr Sowore Omoyele as the substantive National Chairman of the AAC.”