BY GBENGA SODEINDE
Following the rejection of Ekiti State PDP House of Reps Primaries results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the People?s Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned the right of the election umpire over its decision.
The House of Representatives? primaries conducted in Ekiti North Federal Constituency II had produced Chief Thaddeus Aina as winner. 
Firing back at INEC, the Ekiti State,  PDP, insisted that the INEC
had no right under the Electoral Act to reject results of duly conducted primary election
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti , Alhaji Halilu Pai  who spoke through the Commission?s Public Relations Officer, Taiwo Gbadegesin in Ado  Ekiti on Mondayhad declared that the commission would not recognise the result of the election at  the affected Constituency claiming that there was no evidence that the primary took place as the commission did not witness it.
But the PDP in the state which faulted the INEC added that “primary election is purely an internal affairs of political parties.”
The Party which insisted that Chief Thaddeus Aina won the primaries held on Sunday, defeating other aspirants in a statement issued by the State Organising Secretary, Alhaji Lateef Agbaje, and made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti stated further that the primary election took place in accordance with all extant rules and the candidate emerged.
“In accordance with our party rules guiding conduct of primary elections, Chief Thaddeus Aina emerged as the House of Representatives candidate and that remains valid.
“There was an Appeal Committee for aggrieved aspirants to approach for complaints and as at today, we are not aware that the Appeal Committee cancelled the exercise.
“We are also not aware of any of our party member complaining to INEC and joining the commission in any suit, challenging the outcome of the primary so as to warrant INEC making any statement.
“Therefore, we state that Chief Thaddeus Aina is our party’s candidate for Ekiti North Federal Constituency II, and absence of INEC, which only enjoys supervisory role and not adjudicatory role cannot make the the primary election invalid.
“After all, other supervisory agencies like the Police, State Security Service (SSS) and Civil Defence were present to authenticate the conduct of the primary election.”
?INEC should wait until there is a legal action challenging the process that produced him.”

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