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Controversy Trails ANN Over Presidential Candidate, As Party BoT Insists On Fela Durotoye

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Passes Vote of Confidence On Chairman

Following reactions by a section of the party, Alliance for New Nigeria ANN led by its immediate past interim national chairman, Dr Jay Osi Samuels and a presidential aspirant Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, the Board of Trustee in a resolution released after the meeting has affirmed the election of Mr. Fela Durotoye.

This is in pursuant to Section 17 (4) (c) of the Constitution of the ANN party. The Board of Trustees BoT rose from its emergency meeting which held in Abuja on Monday, the 1st day of October, 2018 on the outcome of the Special Convention for the election of the Presidential Candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria held in Abuja and produced Mr. Fela Durotoye as the Presidential Candidate of the party.

The party also passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman Mr. Emmanuel Dania and members of the National Working Committee of the party have acted in good faith and organised a free, fair and credible presidential primary in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution in part VII Section 18 (1) (a) , functions 2 (a),(b) (f) and The Electoral Act Section 85 (1) which states that 21 days notice must be given to INEC before any convention, congress, conference or meeting is convened by a political party where the presence of INEC is required and where the reasons for such is for the purpose of electing party officers or candidates.

The secretary of the BoT, Mr. Aiseosa Osaghae stated, “ANN is a Party that is founded on, and upholds, three cardinal principles of Transparency, Integrity and Excellence. And that ANN was founded by and comprises of skilled Men and Women of integrity also referred to as Technoticians that believe in the ideals of a party designed to Birth a New Nigeria.”

The statement affirmed that the party in line with its ideals have decided to adhere strictly with the guidelines issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and for this reason has ensured that only state chapters of the party that had done their congresses and elected delegates to participate in the presidential primary were invited to participate in the special convention and were allowed to vote in the same election that was duly observed as required by law by the representatives of INEC.

The BoT also noted in their submission whilst briefing journalist that the dates for the said Convention and Primaries were approved by National Executive Committee (NEC) at its meeting of 10th September 2018, and same dates were duly communicated to INEC in compliance with the Law in a letter signed by the National Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Dania and National Secretary, Sahid Umar on 28th August, 2018, and that it was furtherance to this that the Convention held and produced Mr. Fela Durotoye as Presidential Candidate for ANN in the 2019 general elections.

It therefore urged its party members and persons who might be aggrieved by the processes leading to and the outcome of the said Convention to take advantage of the Post-Convention Appeals Committee and other internal Dispute Resolution Mechanism to address their grievances and to desist for actions that might be tantamount to anti-party and those liable of causing reputational injury to the party.

Whilst appealing to all the members of the party to keep supporting the National Chairman of the party, Mr Emmanuel Dania and to ensure that the remaining primary elections across the 26 states where the party has held its congresses proceed as outlined in the guidelines as approved by the NEC as follows all Senatorial Primary to hold on Tuesday, October 2nd, all House of Representative primaries to hold on Wednesday, October 3rd, all Governorship primaries to hold on Thursday, October 4th and all House of Assembly primaries to hold on Friday October 5th 2018 respectively.

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