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2019: INEC Bans APC From Fielding Candidates In Zamfara



Mahmood Yakubu INEC and Adams Oshiomhole APC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has informed the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC that it will not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara state in the 2019 elections.

The commission’s acting secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche in a letter to the APC said the party is barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections, as it failed to comply with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.

Parties according to the act were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be concluded between 18 August and 7 October, 2018.

The letter which was signed by Ndeche, reads: “Failure to Conduct Primaries in Zamfara State Within the Stipulated Time-frame”.

“Please refer to the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections released by the commission on Jan. 9 2018.

“You would note that from the timetable the conduct of primaries is scheduled to take place between August 18 to Oct 7 2018.

“However, report received from our office in Zamfara state shows that no primaries were conducted by your party in Zamfara, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.

“Consequently, based on the provision of Section 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, the commission does not expect that your party will submit names of any candidate from Zamfara state.

“For clarity, our position therefore, is that the APC will not be fielding candidates for the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara for the 2019 general elections”.

The APC ran out of time and INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed”.

Zamfara problem began when The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party announced the dissolution of Zamfara APC executive committee led by Alhaji Lawali M. Liman.

The sacked leadership however claimed it returned Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Idris as winner of last Wednesday’s botched governorship primary election in the state.

It also declared Governor Abdulaziz Yari as winner of Zamfara West senatorial zone’s primary election in the state, claiming he polled 166,000 votes.

However, the Major General Abubakar Mustapha Gana-led Zamfara State Electoral Committee, said no primaries took place in the state.