President Muhammad Buhari, through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, asking the Commission to postpone the Governorship, House of Assembly, and National Assembly elections, to enable the All Progressives Congress, APC, field Candidates in the polls.
A copy of the three-page letter bearing Malami’s signature and dated February 13, 2019, with reference number MJ/DSD/03, emerged online, early on Thursday morning.
The letter is without the acknowledgment stamp of the Office of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to whom it was addressed.
Malami, in the letter, which he said was informed by a petition he received from the Law Firm of M.A. Mahmud & Co., anchored his request for the shifting of the elections in Zamfara State, on a judgment of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal.
The Minister, a founding member of the APC, said in the letter, that the Court of Appeal’s judgment delivered on Wednesday, affirmed an earlier verdict of the Zamfara State High Court, which had held that the party conducted valid primaries for the various elective positions in the State.
Malami stated that granting the concession of postponing the polls in Zamfara State, in the light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment, is not a matter of doing the APC a favour, but a right the party is entitled to.
His letter stated: “In view of the fact, now that the Court of Appeal has upheld the primaries as valid, the APC in Zamfara State will need a little time to catch up with its contemporaries in the elections.
“Granting them this concession is not necessarily a favour, but a right that inures to all contestants under similar circumstances.
“Consequent on the above, INEC is invited to comply with the judgement of the Court of Appeal, by admitting the results of the APC Zamfara State primaries, and to also comply with the provisions of Section 38 of the Electoral Act, which empowers INEC to postpone the elections for the Governorship, National Assembly, and House of Assembly Elections.”