Any glimmer of hope the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara has as regards the embargo placed on it by the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2019 general elections, may have been dashed.

The electoral commission says it has not changed its decision to bar the party from participating in the National Assembly, governorship and state assembly elections next year.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this while responding to questions from journalists on the sidelines of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commission’s meeting in Abuja on Monday.

The commission had set October 7, 2018 as deadline for parties to conclude their primary elections to elect candidates, but divisions within the state chapter of the APC prevented an INEC-supervised election from taking place for the governorship and legislative positions.

Consequently, in a letter signed by INEC’s Acting Secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche, and addressed to APC’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the commission said the party could no longer conduct any primary elections outside of the originally-stated window and would not be allowed to participate in any election except the Presidential poll next year.

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When asked if INEC would change its mind, Yakubu said, “We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued.”

On the submission date for the list of candidates for the general elections, Yakubu said, “I am sure we have made some progress, but the deadline as we say is October 18.”

On permanent voter cards, Yakubu said those who registered in the first quarter of 2018 could collect theirs.

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