Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, a Presidential aspirant on the platform of Alliance for NewNigeria (ANN) has pulled out of the presidential primary on grounds of breach ofthe party’s constitutional procedures.He accused the party leaders of breaching the party’s constitutional procedure in the build-up to the presidential primary slated for Saturday.Olawepo-Hashim, said in a letter addressed to the party chairman that it is regrettable that the abnormalities he mentioned to the chairman at their Wednesday meetings had not been corrected.“The list of delegates has not been provided to me as a Presidential Aspirant on the platform of the ANN. This is contrary to the constitution of the ANN and the Electoral Act. This is such a fundamental flaw as to render any exercise purporting to be presidential primaries to be nugatory” he saidHe further said said it is unfortunate that even on the eve of the primaries, guidelines for the primaries, which ought to have been approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) and issued at least seven days before the elections, are not available.“The absence of guidelines to guide the conduct of the primaries constitute a grave violation of our party’s Constitution and the Electoral Act”“The arrangements for the Presidential Primaries have not been published so that everyone will know. Who are those to conduct the Primaries, including Accreditation of delegates, Screening of Aspirants etc. As a Presidential Aspirant, I am yet to know the arrangements put in place for the conduct of the primaries”“I regret to inform you that I will not participate in tomorrow’s primaries until the constitution of the party is respected and allthe defects are rectified”


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