APC Zamfara : The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released a new statement where it cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to ever contemplate bending the rules to smuggle in candidates from the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP said, legally, all congresses and processes for the election of candidates for various offices for the 2019 general elections ended on Sun, Oct.7, 2018, the Zamfara state chapter of APC has not conducted any congress, and by the provision of the law, it has no candidates in all the elections.
The statement went further to say:
We are aware of a clandestine meeting held today between topmost officials of INEC and the Zamfara state government, where INEC was instructed to manipulate the system and bend the rules to accommodate the APC.
The Party caution the chairman of INEC Professor Mahood Yakubu over the alleged attempt to manipulate the processes and use underhand measures to liberate the APC and it plunged itself into in Zamfara State.
We insist that laws guiding our elections must be upheld as the PDP will never accept anything short of that.
Finally, the PDP wants the APC and INEC to know that our party is at alert regarding all electoral processes in line with our avowed determination to dismantle APC’s rigging machinery in the 2019 general elections.
The statement is coming after INEC has already announced the deadline for submission of list of candidates, and since the APC National Working Committee chairman on Zamfara State led party primaries committee, confirmed that there were no elections, the PDP are hoping INEC follows the rules on the electoral laws on APC Zamfara chaptter.
This situation is interesting, as it could mean APC will have no candidate in the Governorship elections if the President does not interfere or INEC moving the deadline date again.