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Section 84 (12): Betta Edu Disqualified From APC Convention

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Cross River commissioner of health, Betta Edu has been disqualified from contesting the national women leader position of the ruling All Progressives Congress as a result of Section 84(12) of the new Electoral Act.

The commissioner was disqualified by the party’s sub-screening committee because of the new law, TheCable reports.

The section says, “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.”

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

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The party will hold its national convention on Saturday March 26 where new national working committee members will be elected.

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, a move that has haunted her recent ambition.

 

She, however, recently apologised for antagonising the Buhari administration during the nationwide protests after several party members called her out and rejected her candidacy.

 

“I do acknowledge that a few of my spur-of-the-moment tweets and impulsive reactions to reports at the climax of the event may have been indelicate and distorted my true position on things. I am human, a mom, and thus given to emotions,” Edu had said.

 

“However, I want to reassure and appeal to my progressive comrades who are expressing concern not to reduce my intentions and nuanced political views in the past to a couple of badly-worded tweets.”

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