INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke at the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” on Monday in Abuja, stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not field candidates for the 2019 general elections in Zamfara.
INEC Chairman re-emphasised that the deadline for submission of party candidates’ name to the commission was Oct 18, saying that it would give a full report on that after Nov. 18.
“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he said.
This is coming after INEC informed the ruling APC in a leaked memo, that it would not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 elections. In a letter signed by the commission’s acting Secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche, the commission maintained that the party was barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections.
However the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who later responded to INEC in a statement, said that the party had already arrived at a consensus before the deadline. According to him, after a high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.
Oshiomhole added that the claim by INEC that no primaries were conducted, could only be referring to its officials’ observation that actual voting did not take place.