2019: APC Plans To Have Candidates In Zamfara Despite INEC Disqualification
The ruling All Progressives Congress said it had not broken any law in the selection of candidates for various offices in Zamfara state.
In the letter dated October 10 and signed by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, the APC said that the aggrieved political camps have found a truce.
Oshiomole said that after all the disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to settle their differences.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the Electoral Act and the constitution of our party on the basis of which a list was produced which was confirmed/affirmed by all delegates present.
This was done in strict compliance with section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended). “Therefore, the claim in your letter under reference that “no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilized and deployed” could only be referring to their observation that actual voting did not take place, which is not the only mode prescribed for producing candidates in the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). We, therefore, affirm that indeed primaries took place in Zamfara State”, the party said.
Furthermore, Oshiomole said the party had until October 18th to present its candidates for the election, adding that APC would respond to further inquiries from INEC after it had presented its flagbearers for 2019.
“BE INFORMED, that in the spirit of due compliance with the law, we affirm that we shall indeed be presenting candidates for Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 General elections before the deadline for submission of such names which has been fixed by your Commission on the 18th of October, 2018. If you raise further observations AFTER you receive our list of candidates, we shall be glad to clarify them.” He added.
The Independent Electoral Commission(INEC) in a letter barred the APC from fielding candidates during the 2019 general elections, because it failed to hold primaries in Zamafara as scheduled.
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