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Just In: No Candidates For APC In Zamfara, INEC Insists 0 0
Just In: No Candidates For APC In Zamfara, INEC Insists
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has insisted
on its earlier decision to bar the ruling All Progressives Congress
APC from fielding candidates for state and federal elections in
Zamfara state.
The commission which had earlier said it would release the final
list of governorship and state assembly candidates on Thursday
however stated this late Wednesday in a statement by Festus
Okoye, one of its National Commissioners and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee. The statement reads:
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today,
30th January 2019 and among other things approved the final list
of candidates for the Governorship State Assembly and FCT Area
Council elections scheduled to hold on 2nd March 2019. On the
whole, there are 1, 066 candidates for the Governorship elections,
14, 583 for the State Assembly elections and 806 for the FCT Area
Council elections broken down into 105 Chairmanship candidates
and 701 Councillorship candidates. “The Commission reviewed the
situation concerning the All Progressives Congress (APC) fielding
candidates for the Governorship and State Assembly elections in
Zamfara State. Commission noted that there are two court
judgements on the matter one from a State High Court in Gusau
and the other from a Federal High Court in Abuja. The former
judgement clearly said that the APC conducted primaries in
Zamfara State, contrary to the position of the Commission. On the
other hand, the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that the party
did not conduct valid primaries and therefore is ineligible to field
candidates for the elections.
The Commission would like to reaffirm its commitment to
obeying all court judgements, even when it disagrees with them.
However, these are clearly two contradictory judgements
delivered by two courts of coordinate jurisdiction on the same
day. “Consequently, the Commission has decided to maintain its
original position that the party in question did not conduct
primaries and therefore, in line with Section 87 of the Electoral Act
20l0 (as amended), is not eligible to field candidates for the National
Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly elections in Zamfara
State. “Commission also reviewed various aspects of its
preparedness for the 20l9 general elections and expressed
satisfaction with the overall preparations for the elections. A
meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners will take
place next week to further review the state of preparedness of
each State”, INEC stated.


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