The means to an end in finding a lasting solution to Zamfara All progressive Congress Candidates (APC) Chapter is becoming more controversial as the opposition People’s Democratic Party said signs of pressuring the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) into doing what it ought not to do is high.
The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, alleged that there is a systemic manipulation of the voter register published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking on the directive by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to the electoral body to postpone the elections in Zamfara State, so as to accommodate the APC , the PDP chairman accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of pressurizing the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to bend the rules in favour of the ruling party in Zamfara State.
He said the AGF has no moral right to advice INEC on what to do regarding the conduct of the elections in Zamfara State. Therefore, the PDP chairman urged the electoral body to follow the law in all issues relating to the conduct of these general elections.
His word: “The AGF letter is part of APC’s design to arm-twist INEC and judiciary to take illegal action in their favour. What the AGF is seeking is not backed by law. The AGF is an interested party on this matter and has no moral right to advice INEC.
The inability of the APC to field candidates due to self-inflicted crisis when other parties did within the stipulated period for the election is not covered by section 38 & 39 of the Electoral Act 2010 which the AGF is relying on his dubious advice.”
However, the leader said: “Our legal team is working on the line of action that can be taken. But of a truth, party chairman of APC cannot direct INEC to do the wrong thing.
“So, that’s why we have come to put the question direct that INEC must follow the law.
“You cannot because of one party, in their internal crisis, self-inflicted injuries; to now order over 80 political parties that have fielded their candidates…the time has passed.
“And looking at the judgment, one of the people in a dispute, one of their members has even raised the issue that there was no clear declaration (by the court).
“So, our legal team is working on it. No clear declaration that INEC should accept their candidate.
“Whatever is the case, Nigerians are also watching INEC. INEC should not also be turned to one of the subsidiaries of APC. “
Meanwhile, after the initial submission that it had not received the controversial letter coming from the Attorney General of the federation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday admitted it had received a letter demanding a postponement of the Zamfara state National Assembly governorship and state house of Assembly elections
INEC National commissioner and chairman of its information and voters Education committee, Festus Okoye who gave the update to journalists said the commission is studying the letter from the AGF
Recall that Urban express News Online had reported yesterday about a letter generated from the office of the attorney general, Abubakar Malami circulated on social media where-with advise the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift the polls following the decision of the court of appeal that all parties should return to the status quo in the primaries of the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressive Congress
Urban Express News correspondent learnt that the commission would be meeting to take a final position on the issue.
The commission had earlier claimed it had not received the letter, specifically, it stated that the purported letter could be a fake document emanating from Social Media.