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INEC under pressure on Zamfara primaries

There is enormous pressure on INEC not to accept any candidate from Zamfara state as primaries were not conducted in the state as they alleged. The pressure apart from the G8 group from Zamfara state who are all APC gubernatorial aspirants, the PDP and APGA has also petitioned the national body on the outcome of the Zamfara state primaries.

Earlier on Monday, The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmud Yakubu not to “bend the rules to smuggle in candidates from the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

The party alleged that there was “a clandestine meeting between top most officials of INEC and Zamfara state government, where INEC was instructed to manipulate the system and bend the rules to accommodate the APC.”

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “Whereas legally, all congresses and related processes for election of candidates for various offices for the 2019 general elections ended yesterday (Sunday, October 7, 2018), the Zamfara state chapter of the APC has not conducted any congress, and by the provision of the law, it has no candidates in all the elections.”

The party cautioned the “Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over this attempt to manipulate the processes and use underhand measures to liberate the APC from the cul de sac it plunged itself into in Zamfara state” according to the statement.

“We insist that the laws guiding our elections must be upheld, as the PDP will never accept anything short of that”. Finally he said: “we wants the APC and INEC to know that our party is at alert regarding all electoral processes, in line with our avowed determination to dismantle APC’s rigging machinery in the 2019 general elections,” the statement added.

In another development the, The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial candidate Alh. (DR) Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi has petitioned INEC over what he felt is violation and lack of adherence to INECs time table for the conduct of primaries.

He petitioned the election umpire with regards to the controversial Zamfara State APC primary election. A copy of the petition which was made available to www.myzamfaraonline.com reads in part: “Petition against APC for non-compliance with the provision of Electoral act 2019 (As amended) to conduct party primaries for National and State elections in Zamfara state in line with the time table and schedule of activities for the 2019 general election issued by INEC”

Sani Shinkafi indicated sections 87(1), 87(2) and 87(3) on the conduct of political parties direct or indirect elections has been violated. He stressed their position to the commission saying: “The commission should not accept the list of nominated candidates Form 001 and Form 002. Nomination forms, withdrawal of candidates or substitution of candidates forwarded by the National Chairman and National Secretary of APC in the name of APC Zamfara state”.

He further appealed to INEC saying: “We are humbly appealing to the commission to strictly adhere to its timetable and schedule of activities issued for the conduct of 2019 general election”.

Its however not clear what would be the next line of action of the two political parties in case INEC decide to accept the results of the primary election in Zamfara state as delivered by the state government.

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