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BREAKING: Betta Edu Disqualified From APC Convention, Becomes First Victim Of Amended Electoral Act

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The Cross River commissioner of health, Betta Edu will not be contesting the national women leader position of the All Progressives Congress (APC), by virtue of the controversial Section 84(2) of the new Electoral Act.

The section provides that: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”

It was gathered that the party’s convention sub-screening committee disqualified Edu on the grounds of the new law.

“She has been disqualified from contesting the national women leader position of the party,” a source privy to the panel’s activities said.

New national working committee (NWC) members will be elected during the ruling party’s convention which is scheduled for Saturday.

On Thursday, the ruling party opted to remain on the right side of the electoral act, announcing that political appointees elected as delegates would not be allowed to vote or be voted for at the convention.

Last Friday, a federal high court in Umuahia, Abia state, ordered the attorney-general of the federation to delete the section from the amended electoral act.
Evelyn Anyadike, the judge, held that it was unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and cannot stand.

Anyadike ruled that sections 66(1)(f), 107(1)(f), 137(1)(f) and 182(1)(f) of the 1999 constitution already stipulated that appointees of government seeking to contest elections were to resign at least 30 days to the date of the election.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, said the process of implementing the judgment is still ongoing.

Edu who defected to the APC in May alongside Ben Ayade, Cross River governor, was critical of the Muhammadu Buhari administration during the #EndSARS protests.

The commissioner was recently forced to admit that her comments at the time were “indelicate”.

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