- INEC has given a condition for issuing certificate of return to governor-elect and lawmakers-elect in Zamfara state
- Appeal Court had set aside the judgment delivered by the Zamfara high court which allowed the APC to field candidates in the 2019 elections
- The electoral umpire, however, said the Supreme Court would determine its final action on Zamfara APC candidates
The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has said that the Supreme Court would determine the validity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections in Zamfara state.
The Cable reports that the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto had set aside the judgment delivered by the Zamfara high court which allowed the APC to field candidates in the 2019 elections.
Legit.ng gathered that following the appellate court ruling, INEC withheld certificates of return of Mukhtar Shehu, the governor-elect and that of the lawmakers-elect.
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But the APC, in a letter to the electoral body, said the court of appeal did not nullify its primary elections.
Reacting in a statement, Festus Okoye, INEC’s director of voter education, said the commission was law-abiding and not in the habit of disobeying court orders.
INEC said it was not interested in which party emerged victorious but the process that led to the emergence of the winners.
He said the commission was confident that the Supreme Court would conclude the hearing of the matter and deliver its judgment before the inauguration of elected members of the national and state assemblies.
Okoye said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution. It is the policy of the commission to obey court orders and court decisions.
“The commission took the decision to exclude the candidates of the All Progressives Congress from the list of nominated candidates on the grounds that the party did not conduct primary elections.
“The party has taken the matter to the Supreme Court and it is only rational and prudent to wait for the decision of the Supreme Court before proceeding. The commission took a cautionary approach in suspending further issuance of certificates of return to the members-elect of the state assembly, the deputy governor-elect and the governor-elect.
He also noted that the commission does not have any interest in who becomes the governor of Zamfara state but is only interested in the processes and procedures leading to the declaration of results and issuance of certificates of return.
“We are confident that the Supreme Court will conclude the hearing of the matter and deliver its judgment before the inuguration of elected members of the national and state assemblies.
“We believe that the people of Zamfara State deserve to know who their governor and representatives are before the terminal date of this regime'', Okoye said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the senator representing Zamfara central, Kabir Marafa, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, should be under no obligation to lie about happening in the state chapter of the party.
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