- The PDP said it welcomes the clearance of the APC candidates by INEC in Zamfara
- The party described the development as an opportunity to tests its popularity
- INEC cleared the candidates of APC in Zamfara following the ruling of the Abuja Court of Appeal
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State says it welcomed Thursday’s clearance by an Abuja Court of Appeal to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to participate in the 2019 general elections.
The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Alhaji Bello Matawalle made the commendation while speaking to journalists in reaction to the development.
According to him, this is an opportunity we have expected where we can test and confirm the support we have in the state both as a party and as individuals.
”As peace loving citizens in the state, we have since directed our supporters to continue to be law abiding and come out and vote in a peaceful manner,” he said.
He said that the people of the state expected to have responsible leaders who would take the state to greater heights while improving the well being of the people.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state capital, Gusau, woke up on a new political leave on Friday after the Abuja Court of Appeal ruled that the APC in the state could participate in the general elections.
The state chapter of the APC has been going through crisis since the party held its primary elections to elect those who would contest under it ahead of the general elections.
NAN further reports that the crisis had caused two factions in the party, one with people loyal to the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari and the other by eight governorship aspirants including the incumbent Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Danali and others known as G8.
The latest court ruling which caused jubilation in the governor’s camp may have brought the crisis to an end.
Meanwhile, the ruling of the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, February 21, was twisted by some elements to give the impression that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can now field candidates in Zamfara state, Chief Mike Ozekhome has said.
Chief Ozekhome, who is the counsel to Senator Kabiru Marafa and his group, said the appeal court ruling did not ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the APC field candidates as was earlier reported.
Instead, the senior lawyer said the court actually dismissed the appeal filed by the APC challenging the judgement of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High court which affirmed INEC’s position that the party cannot field candidates
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