BREAKING: Oshiohmole to INEC: You’re biased, APC will present candidates in Zamfara

By Editor on 10/10/2018

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of bias and discrimination by barring the party from presenting candidates at all levels for next year’s general elections in Zamfara State.

Oshiohmole, while insisting that the commission was not following its own laws, stated that the party would definitely field candidates for the said election, adding that it had since resolved the problems of who would be the party’s flagbearers by consensus.

INEC in a letter to the APC boss earlier, had notified him that the party had been barred from presenting candidates for the elections at all levels, due to the failure to beat the October deadline, in commission’s schedule.

INEC’s letter to Oshiomhole, signed by Acting Secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche entitled: Failure To Conduct Party Primaries in Zamfara State Within The Stipulated Time Frame, which stated that it was not expecting any list of candidates from the party for Zamfara State, read: “You would note from the timetable that the conduct of party primaries is scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018.

“Kindly also refer to the last schedule communicated by your party to the commission on the dates of party primaries nationwide, including Zamfara vide your letter Ref. APC/NHDQ/ INEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd Oct. 2018.

“However, report received from our office in Zamfara State shows that no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, Notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.

“Based on the provisions 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 candidates from Zamfara State.

“For clarity, our position is that the All Progressives Congress (APC), will not be fielding candidates for the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections in Zamfara state for the 2019 for the general elections.”

But in his reply, Oshiohmole, who debunked the commission’s stance that the date for the submission of the names of candidates had elapsed, explained that it was incorrect to state that primaries did not hold in Zamfara.

He wrote: “The contents of your said letter seem to conclude that no primaries were conducted by the APC in Zamfara State. We wish to state emphatically that nothing can be farther from the actual situation in Zamfara State.

“Kindly find a comprehensive report from the Zamfara Electoral Committee of the All Progressives Congress and signed by all the members on the conduct of primary elections for the Zamfara State held between 6th & 7th October, 2018. The summary of the report, as you will find, is that following the high level of friction, disagreements and threatened violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.

“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the Electoral Act and the constitution of our party on the basis of which a list was produced which was confirmed/affirmed by all delegates present. This was done in strict compliance with section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended).

“Therefore, the claim in your letter under reference that ‘no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilized and deployed’ could only be referring to their observation that actual voting did not take place, which is not the only mode prescribed for producing candidates in the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). We, therefore, affirm that indeed primaries took place in Zamfara State.”

Accusing INEC discrimination, Oshiomhole said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state did not conduct primary, yet the commission did not take any action against the opposition party, adding that the APC, like others, had up till October 18 to present its candidates for the election.

He added: “Please also refer to the INEC’s Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections released by the Commission on the 9’” January, 2018. By that timetable all political parties are expected to submit a list of their candidates on or before 18th of October, 2018, after exhausting all internal procedures for Appeals arising out of the congresses.

“As a party, we are in the process of exhausting those internal procedures before forwarding the names of our candidates to you. We are perplexed that you did not wait for us to submit the names of our candidates in Zamfara State (considering that the time within which such submission should take place has not elapsed) before raising your observation in your letter under reference.

“This is more so when we received no correspondence from the Commission at least to inquire from our party the true state of affairs in Zamfara State, in the spirit of fair hearing, before making haste to write your letter. We, however note that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not also hold primaries in Kano, but no such similar letter was written to the PDP in relation to Kano State.

“It is our contention, in the circumstance, that your letter is not only preemptive, but your position seem to negate the spirit of any fair hearing and is devoid of legal basis.

“BE INFORMED, that in the spirit of due compliance with the law, we affirm that we shall indeed be presenting candidates for Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 General elections before the deadline for submission of such names which has been fixed by your Commission on the 18th of October, 2018.

“If you raise further observations AFTER you receive our list of candidates, we shall be glad to clarify them.”

 

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on October, 10 2018

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