Despite Wednesday night’s decision by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, barring it from fielding candidates in Zamfara State, All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it would not only field candidates in Zamfara State but also in Rivers State where its fate is also a subject of litigation.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, who stated this, yesterday, in Abuja, also added that the appellate court decision on the trial of the
suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has vindicated President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the matter.
“Let me add that in Kano State, PDP did not do any primaries and yet today, INEC is not saying anything regarding PDP and all the candidates submitted for PDP in Kano were accepted.
‘’This is a fact that nobody can deny but we will not go to town to start pilloring INEC, this is a very critical institution to the success of any election.
“We heard that INEC is relying on the fact that courts of equal jurisdiction have given conflicting judgements.
We can understand that. What it thus means is that it is not over and then we will continue to take steps.
“We are very certain, we did the right thing. The primaries held, INEC was not satisfied with that but it is our right to field candidates and we would follow up all the
legal means to ensure that our candidates stand for elections in this 2019 general elections in Zamfara. Same situation for Rivers.
“It also shows for people who are discerning to ask that question, this is supposed to be the APC that INEC is or ought to be working for?
And this is what we are going through in the hands of INEC that PDP has repeatedly claimed is put in place to rig elections for APC.
“May I remind all of us that we had primaries in Zamfara, which was affected by conflicts but the process allows for three different options.
You could go for indirect, which is an electoral college, you could go with direct that allows every card-carrying member of
the party to vote for their chosen candidates and then thirdly, you could go by consensus.
‘’We have the right under the constitution to exhaust these options. We did so.”, he said of the party’s situation in Zamfara and Rivers states.