The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday rejected the purported suspension of Mr. Omoyele Sowore as the substantive National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC).
Some stakeholders in the party had earlier suspended Sowore following allegation of corruption. Subsequently, Ezenwa was announced as the new national chairman.
Reacting to the suspension, INEC in a statement signed by Rose Oriaran-Anthony, secretary to the commission on Friday said the electoral body only recognizes Sowore as Chairman. She maintained that the purported suspension did not follow due process.
"The commission after reviewing the content of the letter has established the following. There is no documentary evidence that a meeting of the AAC National Executive Committee (NEC) was convened by the National Chairman as required by Chapter 9 Section 59(a) of the Constitution of AAC.
“The party did not provide a 21-day notice of the NEC meeting as required by Section85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“There are no minutes or evidence of attendance of the AAC National Executive Committee meeting where the National Chairman and eight (8) others were purportedly suspended.
“Accordingly, the Commission shall continue to recognize and relate with Mr. Sowore Omoyele as the substantive national Chairman of the African Action Congress.”