APC Banned From Fielding Guber Candidates In Zamfara
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been banned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from fielding gubernatorial candidates in all elective positions in Zamfara State.
INEC’s decision followed the inability of the party to conduct primaries before the stipulated October 7 given by the body.
The electoral body in a letter signed by the Commission’s acting scribe, Okechukwu Ndeche, stated as follow:
Failure to Conduct Party Primaries in Zamfara state within the stipulated timeframe.
Please refer to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections released by the Commission on 9th January, 2018. You would note from the Timetable that the conduct of Party Primaries is scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018.
Kindly also refer to the last schedule communicated by your party to the Commission on the dates of party primaries nationwide, including Zamfara vide your letter Ref. APC/NHDQ/lNEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd October 2018. However, report received from pur office in Zamfara state shows that no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilized and deployed.
Consequently, based on the provisions of Sections 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 All Progressives Congrats APC will not be fielding candidates for the Governorship. National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 General elections.
Please accept the assurances of the Commission’s highest regards.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has warned the electoral body against bending rules for APC.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondinyan, said that APC having failed to conduct primaries before INEC’s stipulated timeframe, should not be allowed to further nominate candidates.