Contrary to INEC claim, Zamfara conducted primaries, APC insists

APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole
APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has insisted it held primaries in Zamfara contrary to the stance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

This is contained in a letter signed by the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, and served on INEC on Tuesday in Abuja.

INEC had held that the party was not eligible to field candidates for Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara in 2019.

The commission had said that the party failed to conduct primaries in the state in line with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The commission in a letter signed by its Acting Secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche, had accused the party of not conducting the primaries within the stipulated time-frame specified by the Electoral Act.

The letter reads in part: “please refer to the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections released by the commission on Jan. 9 2018.

“You would note that from the timetable the conduct of primaries is scheduled to take place between Aug.18 and Oct. 7.

“However, report received from our office in Zamfara state shows that no primaries were conducted by your party in Zamfara, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.

“Consequently, based on the provision 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 candidate from Zamfara state’’.

Oshiomhole in a response, said: “We wish to state emphatically that nothing can be farther from the actual situation in Zamfara State’’.

He said the party had sent a comprehensive report to INEC from the Zamfara Electoral Committee of the APC.

According to Oshiomhole, the report is signed by APC members on the conduct of the primary elections in Zamfara held between Oct.6 and Oct.7

Mr Oshiomhole, however, said all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce following the high level of friction, disagreements and threatened violence by various political camps before the primaries.

“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the Electoral Act and the Constitution of our party,’’ he said.