The ruling All Progressive Congress has already lost out on the governorship and Federal legislative seats in Zamfara State following their failure to meet up to the October 7 deadline of INEC for the submission of candidates for the elections.
This was due to the crisis that occurred in the party as the state government and the national body of the APC fell out. The crisis in the APC had already cost them the state of Zamfara in producing the government of Federal legislators.
This is a big blow to the party as INEC declared that the party had no candidates in the state as they failed to meet up to the requirement of INEC. This decision by the INEC was based on the provisions of Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
This was the statement as read on the memo by INEC: “Please refer to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections released by the Commission on 9th January 2018. 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/lNEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd October 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 mobilized and deployed.
“Consequently, based on the provisions of Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission does not expect that your party will submit names of any candidate from Zamfara State. For clarity, our position, therefore, is that the All Progressives Congrats APC will not be fielding candidates for the Governorship. National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 General elections.
“Please accept the assurances of the Commission’s highest regards”.