INEC list: It’s not over yet for our candidates in Zamfara, Rivers –APC

INEC list: It's not over yet for our candidates in Zamfara, Rivers –APC
Issa-Onilu

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that it is not over for its candidates for the coming general election in Zamfara and Rivers states.

According to the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party would do everything possible legally to ensure that its candidates were not denied the opportunity to be voted for.

Issa-Onilu, who addressed a press conference on Thursday in Abuja said its party had done the right thing for the emergence of its candidate and would not relent ensuring that they were allowed to participate in the elections.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had said that it would not accommodate the candidates of the party because its primaries were not conducted within the period given.

Also, in Rivers, INEC said the primaries were conduction in violation of a court order.

“INEC is relying on the fact that courts of equal jurisdiction have given conflicting judgements, we can understand that.

“It is not over, and we will continue to take steps, we are very certain that we did the right thing.

“The primaries held, INEC was not satisfied with that, but it is our right to field candidates and we will follow up all the legal means to ensure that our candidates stand for elections in this 2019 general elections in Zamfara, same situation for Rivers,” Said Issa-Onilu.

He pointed out further:  “May I remind all of us, that we had primaries in Zamfara which was affected by conflicts but the process allows for three different options.

“You could go for indirect primaries which is an electoral college, you could go for direct that allows every card member of the party to vote for their chosen candidates and then thirdly, you could go by consensus.

“We have the right under the Constitution to exhaust these options and we did so.”

Recall that the list of the governorship and state assembly elections candidate released by INEC on Thursday does not have the names of those for APC in Rivers and Zamfara states.