Despite the declaration and insistence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will field candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 general election.
INEC had on Monday insisted that the ruling APC was not going to field candidates for any elective position in Zamfara for not conducting primaries in the state as stipulated by the commission.
But responding, APC’s newly appointed national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, maintained that the party held primaries in the state and that it was going to field candidates for all elective positions in the state for the 2019 general elections.
“INEC cannot say that we don’t have candidates for election until the deadline has expired. We have options of consensus, direct and indirect primaries and we are going to apply, like we have done in other states, our energies, time and concerns to pick our candidates.
“I can assure you that before the October 18 deadline, we are going to meet all INEC requirements and we are going to submit names of all the candidates for not only Zamfara but the 36 states and the FCT,” he said.
On speculations that the party wants to drag INEC to court over the mater he said, “It is not yet something for the party to take legal action. Nothing calls for that. We would not be reacting to what INEC said in the public.”
He added that the party was yet to get a reply to its letter on the matter sent to INEC.
“We are on the side of the law, we had a primary in Zamfara. We are operating within the guidelines of INEC and the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria. We believe that INEC does not have the correct information on what happened in Zamfara and this we have stated in our letter to the commission. They haven’t replied our letter.
“We also ask INEC that if they need more information from us, that we will be ready to offer it.”
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