the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has disqualified the All Progressive Congress, APC from fielding candidates in Zamfara state for it’s failure to conduct primaries within the stipulated timeframe for primaries which elapsed on 7th October 2018.
In a letter titled “Failure To Conduct Party Primaries in Zamfara State Within The Stipulated Time Frame”, sent to the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the electoral commission referred him 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/ INEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd Oct. 2018.
“However, report received from our 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.”
INEC also reiterate that the provisions 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 candidates from Zamfara State.
“For clarity, our position is that the All Progressives Congress (APC), will not be fielding candidates for the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections in Zamfara state for the 2019 for the general elections.”
The letter was signed by the acting secretary of the commission, Okechukwu Ndeche.