The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has included the Candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Zamfara State, on the ballot, to contest for various positions in the February 23 general elections.
In a statement on Friday, by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, INEC said that the party’s Candidates can now participate in Saturday’s general elections.
Recall, that both the Federal High Court, Abuja, and the Zamfara State High Court, had earlier issued conflicting orders relating to the participation of the Zamfara State APC in the elections.
INEC said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has consistently maintained that it will always obey court judgments and orders”, Okoye said in a statement.
“In the case of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, the Federal High Court, Abuja, and the Zamfara State High Court, issued conflicting orders relating to the participation of the APC, in the two strands of elections scheduled for 23rd February, and 9th March, 2019.
“While the former ruled that the APC, having failed to conduct party primaries, cannot field Candidates in the said elections, the latter decided that it can field Candidates, having conducted valid party primaries.
“However, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division, on 21st February, 2019, set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for ‘lack or want of jurisdiction on the part of the lower court’. This in effect means that the Zamfara State High Court’s decision that the APC can field Candidates for the National Assembly, Governorship, and State Assembly elections, is the only valid and subsisting order.
“Consequently, the Commission has today, in compliance with the said order, restored the APC to the ballot, in the National Assembly, Governorship, and State House of Assembly elections, scheduled for 23rd February, and 9th March, 2019.”