National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole has responded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying that APC has indeed held governorship, national assembly and state assembly primaries in Zamfara state.
In a letter which was signed by him as obtained by www.myzamfaraonline.com also said the party will present the candidates to INEC. The APC chairman Oshiomhole’s statement came as result of the earlier letter obtained by the media written by acting secretary of INEC, Okechukwu Ndeche, indicating that APC in zamfara has not conducted primaries within the time frame stipulated by INEC.
In the letter OkeChuku said: “You would note that from the timetable the conduct of primaries is scheduled to take place between August 18 to Oct 7 2018. 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. “For clarity, our position therefore, is that the APC will not be fielding candidates for the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara for the 2019 general elections”.
Comrade Oshiomhole today responded to INEC letter saying: “We wish to state emphatically that nothing can be farther from the actual situation in Zamfara state”. Oshiomhole said the primaries were held between 6 and 7 October 2018. He added that at a meeting at City King Hotel in Gusau the candidates were arrived at by consensus. He said the attached report of the Zamfara Electoral Committee explains everything.