The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday said that the party had told its lawyers to approach court over the stand of the electoral body on its eligibility to field candidates in the 2019 general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had barred the APC in Zamfara State from fielding candidates for any position during the 2019 general elections in a letter to the ruling party’s national chairman.
The letter, signed by the Acting Secretary of the commission, Okechukwu Ndeche, said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.”
But Oshiomhole, who addressed journalists on the development in Zamfara, Ogun, Imo and Rivers States, said the INEC could not handle over any state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other political parties.
“We have asked our lawyers to approach the court. The INEC can’t award a state to PDP or any other political party. It has to do with the decision of the people.
“I believe the court will look at the rules. We want to see INEC as an impartial arbiter. We have confidence in the judiciary,” he said on the Zamfara case.