Frontline presidential aspirant on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has withdrawn from his party’s presidential primaries.
The cerebral businessmen made his position known in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of ANN on Friday.
Olawepo-Hashim said he withdrew due to the breach of the party’s constitution.
He said the primaries billed for Saturday (today) failed to comply with the party’s constitution.
He said it was regrettable that the abnormalities he mentioned to the chairman at their Wednesday meetings have not been corrected, adding that this amounted to a disrespect for the constitution of the party.
In the letter dated September 28, the aspirant said: “The list of delegates has not been provided to me as a Presidential aspirant on the platform of the ANN. This is contrary to the constitution of the ANN and the Electoral Act. This is such a fundamental flaw as to render any exercise purporting to be presidential primaries to be nugatory.
“The absence of guidelines to guide the conduct of the primaries constitute a grave violation of our party’s Constitution and the Electoral Act “The eloquent aspirant went further: “The arrangements for the Presidential Primary has not been published so that everyone will know. Who are those to conduct the primaries, including accreditation of delegates, screening of aspirants etc? As a Presidential aspirant, I am yet to know the arrangements put in place for the conduct of the primaries,” he added that in view of the alleged imperfections, he was leaving the party.
“I regret to inform you that I will not participate in tomorrow’s primaries until the constitution of the party is respected and all the defects are rectified.”