The nationwide chairman of the All Progressives Congress Nationwide, Adams Oshiomhole has disputed INEC’s declare that the Zamfara chapter of the get together failed to satisfy the deadline for conduct of get together primaries. INEC had in a letter launched as we speak, Wednesday October 10th, barred the get together in the state from fielding candidates into each the manager and legislative elections in 2019 over what it termed failure to satisfy the fee’s deadline.
Reacting to INEC’s choice, Oshiomole in a response letter to the electoral physique, stated primaries had been performed in Zamfara State and candidates emerged. He insisted the APC will current candidates for subsequent yr’s governorship and nationwide meeting elections.
“The contents of your stated letter appear to conclude that no primaries had been performed by the APC in Zamfara State. We want to state emphatically that nothing could be farther from the precise scenario in Zamfara State. Kindly discover a complete report from the Zamfara Electoral Committee of the All Progressives Congress and signed by all of the members on the conduct of main elections for the Zamfara State held between sixth & seventh October, 2018. The abstract of the report, as you will discover, is that following the excessive stage of friction, disagreements and threatened violence by numerous political camps earlier than the primaries, all of the aspirants met at Metropolis King Resort, Gusau, to discover a truce.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached throughout the spirit and context of the Electoral Act and the structure of our get together on the premise of which a listing was produced which was confirmed/affirmed by all delegates current. This was finished in strict compliance with part 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended).
“Due to this fact, the declare in your letter underneath reference that ‘no primaries had been performed by your get together in the state, however that our officers had been totally mobilized and deployed’ may solely be referring to their remark that precise voting didn’t happen, which isn’t the one mode prescribed for producing candidates in the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). We, subsequently, affirm that certainly primaries came about in Zamfara State.”
Moreover, Oshiomole stated his get together had up until October 18th to current its candidates for the election, including that APC would reply to additional inquiries from INEC after it had offered its flagbearers for 2019.
“Please additionally check with the INEC’s Timetable and Schedule of Actions for the 2019 Common Elections launched by the Fee on the 9’” January, 2018. By that timetable all political events are anticipated to submit a listing of their candidates on or earlier than 18th of October, 2018, after exhausting all inside procedures for Appeals arising out of the congresses,” he stated.
“As a celebration, we’re in the method of exhausting these inside procedures earlier than forwarding the names of our candidates to you. We’re perplexed that you simply didn’t look ahead to us to submit the names of our candidates in Zamfara State (contemplating that the time inside which such submission ought to happen has not elapsed) earlier than elevating your remark in your letter underneath reference.
“That is extra so once we obtained no correspondence from the Fee no less than to inquire from our get together the true state of affairs in Zamfara State, in the spirit of truthful listening to, earlier than making haste to write down your letter. We, nevertheless notice that the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) didn’t additionally maintain primaries in Kano, however no such comparable letter was written to the PDP in relation to Kano State. It’s our competition, in the circumstance, that your letter will not be solely preemptive, however your place appear to negate the spirit of any truthful listening to and is devoid of authorized foundation.
“BE INFORMED, that in the spirit of due compliance with the legislation, we affirm that we will certainly be presenting candidates for Governorship, Nationwide Meeting and State Meeting Elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 Common elections earlier than the deadline for submission of such names which has been mounted by your Fee on the 18th of October, 2018. In the event you elevate additional observations AFTER you obtain our checklist of candidates, we will be glad to make clear them.”
See copy of INEC’s letter barring the get together for fielding candidates in Zamfara state beneath