National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has written to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to recognise his party’s candidates in Zamfara State ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Oshiomhole in his letter dated February 13, 2019, said that the judgment of the Appeal Court in Sokoto on Wednesday allowed his party to present candidates for elections in the state.
He said in the letter that the Court of Appeal’s judgment affirmed an earlier verdict of the Zamfara State High Court which had held that the party conducted valid primaries for the various elective positions in the state.
The letter, with reference number APC/NIDQ/INEC/19/019/08, was titled ‘submission of candidates in Zamafara State’.
His letter read, “I refer to our previous correspondence to you dated 25th January, 2019 in respect of our Party’s Candidates for Governorship, Deputy Governorship. Senate, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly in respect of the 2019 General Elections for Zamfara State.
“We wish to inform you that the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division on the 13th February, 2019 dismissed the Appeal of the Appellants challenging the judgment of the Trial Court delivered on 25th January, 2019.
“We, therefore, urge the Commission to give effect to the said judgment of the High Court of Justice, Zamfara State delivered on the 25th of January, 2019.
“We look forward to you treating the matter with the urgency it requires.
“Please find attached a Certified True Copy of the Enrolled Orders/Rulings of the Court of Appeal delivered on 13h February, 2019.”
Concise News reports that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami(SAN) has asked INEC to postpone the various elections in Zamfara to enable the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates in the polls.
A copy of the three-page letter bearing Malami’s signature and dated February 13, 2019, with reference number MJ/DSD/03, emerged on Thursday.
It was learned that the letter is without the acknowledgement stamp of the office of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to whom it was addressed.
Malami, in the letter, which he said was informed by a petition he received from the law firm of M.A Mahmud & Co. anchored his request for the postponement of the elections in Zamfara State on a judgment of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal.
The minister, a founding member of the APC, said in the letter that the Court of Appeal’s judgment delivered on Wednesday affirmed an earlier verdict of the Zamfara State High Court which had held that the party conducted valid primaries for the various elective positions in the state.
Malami said granting the concession of postponing the polls in Zamfara State in the light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment, was not a matter of doing APC a favour but a right the party was entitled to.