Unic Press UK: The All Progressives Congress (APC) said Friday that it would drag the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over banning the party from fielding candidates for elective offices in Zamfara State.
Speaking for the APC, the National Working Committee chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said:
“With all due respect, INEC cannot award a state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other political party. It has to be the decision of the people of Zamfara or any other people in any other state that is going to participate in any of the elections. I believe the court will look at the law and the rules, and as far as the legal advice we have gotten is concerned, we believe we are on good grounds. We want to see INEC as an impartial arbiter, and I trust that they will do their very best to maintain their name as an impartial arbiter,“ the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
In a letter dated October 9, 2018, INEC said that the APC had failed to conduct Primary Elections in Zamfara State between August 18 and October 7; which means that the party does not have candidates for elective offices of the state in the forthcoming 2019 General Election as it contravened the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Election, and violated Section 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).