The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has barred the All Progressives Congress, APC in Zamfara state from fielding candidates for the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in 2019.
In a letter to the party signed by the acting Secretary to the Commission, Okechukwu Ndeche, the commission said, according to available record at its disposal, no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, despite the fact that its officials were fully mobilised and deployed
The commission noted that, according to the timetable released, all primary elections should have been conducted between August 18 and October 7, 2018, but the party failed to conduct any in the state.
“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 mobilised and deployed.
“Consequently, based on the provisions of Sections 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, therefore, 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 general election.”