The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contesting the practice fielding multiple candidates in same election by the Anambra state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The party also in a letter to the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, urged him to do everything to ensure that the party does not parade multiple candidates in the coming elections in Anambra state.
The party therefore threatened to challenge the PDP and the 2015 elections in the court to seek the disqualification of the PDP and its multiple candidates for the National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Anambra State in 2015 if the ugly trend repeats itself.
Umeh in the letter addressed to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega stated “we write to bring your attention to another unfolding ugly situation of the PDP likely going to field multiple candidates for each of the elective position to be contested in the forthcoming 2015 general elections in Anambra State.
“Following a published letter which emanated from the Commission at page Viii of the Thisday of 31st October,2014 a copy of which is hereby attached, our anxiety over this issue has become palpable. You will recall that in 2011, the PDP contested the various elections with multiple candidates relying on court orders with the National leadership of the PDP ignoring the court orders and filing separate list of candidates. In the end the PDP paraded more than one candidate for each of the various elections during the campaigns against one candidate sponsored by APGA for each position” he added.
He further stated that “we wish to observe that the court order under reference in your said letter was directed at the PDP. In line with your letter dated 23rd October,2014 and the reported parallel ward congresses of the PDP on Saturday 1st November 1st,2014, the stage is now set again for PDP to file candidates to the Commission in the forthcoming general elections in 2015 Anambra State.
“We therefore request that you use your office to direct that the Commission shall receive only one list of candidates from the PDP for the National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Anambra State for the 2015 general elections, the Commission should be proactive in arresting this illegality to maintain sanity in the electoral process” he declared.
In the letter to the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, Umeh drew his attention to what he termed “absurd situation in the past when the PDP had fielded multiple candidates for each constituency election in Anambra State, arising from leadership disputes in the State which created two or three factions of the party in the state.
“In consequence thereof, the PDP campaigned with two or three candidates for the same seat against one candidate fielded by our Greta party as required by law. It is therefore unlawful for the PDP to contest elections with more than one candidate in one election. The law requires every political party to field only one candidate in each election”, he said.