BREAKING: Great News For PDP, As Adams Oshiomhole Receives Disqualification Letter From INEC, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections

By Post-Nigeria: October 10, 2018 09:30

BREAKING: Great News For PDP, As Adams Oshiomhole Receives Disqualification Letter From INEC, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has been disqualified by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to field Candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara State, in the 2019 general elections.

This is because the party failed to meet the October 7 deadline, for conducting primaries to elect Candidates for the elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has already notified the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The Zamfara State Chapter of the APC, had descended into serious crisis, as political camps fought bitter and violent battles, as they jostled to produce Candidates for various positions.

The major tussle was between the camps of the State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, and a Senator, Kabiru Marafa.

INEC told Oshiomhole, in a letter titled: “Failure To Conduct Party Primaries in Zamfara State Within The Stipulated Time Frame”, that it is not expecting any list of Candidates from the party, for Zamfara State.

The Commission referred Oshiomhole to the timetable and schedule of activities, for the 2019 general elections, released by the Commission, on January 9, 2018.

“You would note from the timetable, that the conduct of party primaries is scheduled to take place between 18th August, and 7th October, 2018.

“Kindly also refer to the last schedule communicated by your party to the Commission, on the dates of party primaries nationwide, including Zamfara, vide your letter Ref. APC/NHDQ/ INEC/19/18/51, dated 3rd Oct. 2018.

“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.”

INEC said that based on the provisions 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 Candidates from Zamfara State.

“For clarity, our position 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 for the general elections.”

The letter was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Commission, Okechukwu Ndeche.

INEC’s decision appears to have given the strongest opposition party in the State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the chance to govern Zamfara State for the first time, since the country’s return to democratic rule, in 1999.

The PDP has already picked a former Member of the House of Representatives, Bello Matawalle, as its Governorship Candidate for the 2019 elections in the State.

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