Electoral Act: Amaechi, Fashola, Others To Vote At APC Convention
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has declared that certain serving political appointees who previously held elected office would be allowed to vote at today’s APC National Convention.
In accordance with Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022, the governing party said that serving political appointees will be barred from voting at the convention.
Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transportation; Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment and a former governor of Anambra State; Babatunde Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State and now Minister of Works and Housing; and others are among the appointees.
Sule claimed the party will make special accommodations for Fashola, Amaechi, and others to vote at the event in an appearance on Channels Television on Friday.
According to the Nasarwa governor, who also serves as the Chairman of the National Convention Media and Publicity Sub-committee, the ministers are statutory delegates under the APC Constitution.
Sule, on the other hand, said that certain ministers had been barred from attending, including one from his own state.
“Our delegates’ lists are statutory delegates. So if you have a former president as a political appointee, if you have a former senator as a political appointee, these are already automatic delegates.
“Let’s not confuse the two just because being an appointee doesn’t necessarily take you out of being a delegate, because our delegates are classified clearly. Former presidents from our party, former elected personalities, party officials and the rest are delegates.
“So if you are talking of the ones we have submitted now, we don’t have commissioners, we don’t have advisers, we don’t have all those unless somebody particularly who was a former this or former that. In that case, just being an appointee doesn’t completely exclude such a person from being a delegate.”