The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has waded into the crisis rocking the African Action Congress, AAC, following the suspension of Omoyele Sowore as the party’s national chairman.
The INEC has declared the suspension null and void in a May 14 letter.
According to the electoral body, those who suspended Mr Sowore from office did so without regard to the party’s constitution or other governing documents.
Those who suspended Sowore, who was the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, accused him of “misappropriation of funds and failure to comply with the statutory requirements of the party to hold NEC meeting over a long period of time,” amongst other infractions.
The politicians subsequently announced Leonard Ezenwa as the new chairman of the party.
Sowore had dismissed his purported suspension in a press release shortly afterwards. He also responded by announcing the expulsion of Mr Ezenwa and others who took part in the meeting that removed him.
The commission said Mr Ezenwa and others failed to show any “documentary evidence” that a meeting was called by the chairman as required by the party’s constitution.
It also found that the mandatory 21-day notice that should be circulated to members ahead of such critical meeting was not issued.
The commission also said records of the purported meeting, including minutes, where Mr Sowore was removed, were unavailable.
“The commission shall continue to recognise Sowore as national chairman,” the electoral body concluded.