Zamfara APC faction asks INEC to accept its candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission has been asked to
include the names submitted to it by the Adams Oshiohmole-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress for the general elections in Zamfara State.

Lawyers for the Governor Abdulaziz Yari-led faction of the APC made this known to journalists in Kaduna.

The request was against the backdrop of two conflicting judgements on the participation of the state APC candidates in the elections.

The Zamfara State High Court had last Friday gave a judgement, asking INEC to allow the APC candidates to take part in the polls.

This was just as on the same day, the Federal High Court in Abuja said INEC was right to have rejected the list of the candidates brought before it by the Yari-led  APC.

However, lawyer for the Yari’s faction of the APC, Mohammed Sani Katu, said INEC had no other alternative but to accept the faction’s list.

He said, “The list has already been submitted to INEC by the national headquarters of the APC. The electoral body should accept the list because there is an evidence that primaries were held to pick the candidates.”

He said the high court gave a judgement and order that all the reliefs sought by Zamfara APC be granted.

Sani-Katu said, “We have many ways of getting redress, but when you are persuading someone through a letter, you will be inflicting an injury on yourself if you say you want to take punitive steps. We are trying to convince them to respect the court decision; we cannot, at the same time initiate contempt proceedings.”
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