Zamfara: APC threatens court action against INEC

Ismaila Sanni
Ismaila Sanni
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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has threatened to take the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court over the problem of whether or not it could field candidates in the 2019 general election in Zamfara State.

INEC had ruled that the party could not field candidates in the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly positions in the state.

That, INEC, argued, was because the party allegedly did not conduct primaries for those positions in the state within the prescribed time.

APC has however faulted the verdict, saying that the party held primaries and would field candidates for the different posts.

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But against the backdrop of the insistence of INEC that APC would not participate in the election, the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, said the matter would be taken to court.

Speaking on Friday with journalists in Abuja, Oshiomhole said denying APC the chance to participate in the election would amount to INEC awarding the state to PDP.

He said only the people of the state had the right to do such through voting.

“I believe the court will look at the law and the rules, and as far as the legal advice we have gotten is concerned, we believe we are on good grounds.

“We want to see INEC as an impartial arbiter, and I trust that they will do their very best to maintain their name as an impartial arbiter,” he said.

While expressing confidence in INEC, Oshiomhole added that APC’s confidence in the judiciary too was unshaken.

He said whatever the court might decide, the party would abide by.

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