PDP Crisis: INEC Steps In, Discloses What Would Happen To G-5 Governors If They Are Expelled From
Even if the G-5 governors are kicked out of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), their candidacies will still stand.
The electoral body made the statement during an interview with our correspondent.
Festus Okoye, the commission’s spokesman, explained that even if the disgruntled governors are kicked out of the PDP, it will not negatively affect their candidacy in the 2023 election.
All the candidates whose names have been submitted will remain candidates until elections are over,“ said Okoye. Given that the 2023 Elections are only a few weeks away, the INEC spokesperson added that a political party does not have the authority to replace any candidate.
No political party may replace any candidate, Okoye insisted, adding that they will continue to be the nominees of the party that nominated them „.
The G-5 governors are Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom, Okezie Ikpeazu, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The PDP national chairman Iyorchia Ayu’s administration was overthrown by the governors. They requested his resignation due to claims of corruption and a failure to keep his word; according to reports, he had promised to step down if the PDP’s presidential candidate came from the North.