2019: Court Stops APC From Fielding Candidates In Zamfara
The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State has continued and it is getting more complicated.
On Friday, the Federal High Court in Abuja, barred the APC, from fielding candidates in Zamfara in the forthcoming general elections.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, affirmed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), foreclosing the party from participating in the election.
Justice Ojukwu held that the position adopted by INEC with regards to Zamfara APC was in tandem with the law and would help to instil discipline, the news Agency of Nigeria reported.
INEC had barred the APC from fielding candidates in Zamfara for the general elections for failing to conduct its primaries within the stipulated time.
APC, not satisfied with the decision, filed a suit in court challenging the decision of the electoral umpire.
In the suit, the APC prayed the court to declare that INEC’s letter of October 9 was null, void, ultra vires and of no effect, having regards to the provisions of Sections 31(1) and 86(2), (3) and (4) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
INEC’s letter of October 9 had stated that it was excluding the party from presenting and submitting the list of its candidates for the forthcoming election in Zamfara scheduled for 2019.
The electoral body said the exclusion was on the grounds that the APC failed to conduct its primaries within the stipulated time.
But a twist to the situation came from Zamfara.
A court in Zamfara, on the same day, ruled in favour of the APC, as the party sought an order that would force INEC to accept its candidate.
The court ruled that the APC held a primary in the state and that the primary met the requirement of the APC, Television Continental reported on Friday.
After the judgement the party celebrated the ruling, but there is surely more battle in coming days before the election.
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