Even before the first vote is cast in the 2019 General Election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost Zamfara State as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday barred the ruling party from fielding candidates for all elective positions in the state forthe 2019 general elections.
The decision was contained in a memo, in which INEC explained that APC failed to meet the October 7 deadline for conducting primaries to elect candidates for the elections.
The letter signed by the acting secretary of the commission, Okechukwu Ndeche, was addressed to APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The letter titled, “Failure To Conduct Party Primaries in Zamfara State Within The Stipulated Time Frame” reads: “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/ INEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd Oct. 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.”
The electoral body said based on the provisions of Section 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), “the commission does not expect that your party will submit names of any candidates from Zamfara State.
“For clarity, our position is that the All Progressives Congress (APC), will not be fielding candidates for the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections in Zamfara state for 2019 general elections.”
The Zamfara chapter of the APC had been in unending crisis split into camps headed by Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, and Senator Kabiru Marafa.
It is understood that GovernorYari wanted Mukhtar Idris, the state commissioner of finance, to succeed him, which seemed not to have gone down well with other party chieftains.
It therefore follows that the opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which picked a former member of the House of Representatives, Bello Matawalle, as its governorship candidate for the 2019 elections, now stands a 95% chnace of winning the state.
Read below the INEC letter: