Director of Voter Education, INEC, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi. Picture: NTA

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it was still studying the Court of Appeal judgment on the Zamfara State All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.

The electoral body said that it would make its “position known in due course”, adding that its decision would not be based on the “opinion of any external solicitors.”

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INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, stated this in Abuja on Thursday while responding to enquiries from reporters.

Recall that a senator from the state, Kabiru Marafa, had at the Court of Appeal in Sokoto challenged the judgment of a Zamfara State High Court, which gave the APC the go-ahead to field candidates during the 2019 polls.

Concise News reports that the Court of Appeal nullified the APC primaries in the state on the grounds that the party did not conduct any primary election.

After the judgment of the Court of Appeal, INEC on Tuesday suspended issuance of certificate of return to the governor-elect of the state, Alhaji Muktar Shehu.

The state APC, the state governor-elect and other winners of the 2019 elections on the platform of the party in the state had on Tuesday written to INEC.

Oluwole-Uzzi told journalists not to rely on what politicians said, but to study the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

“INEC does not rely on opinions of external solicitors that it hasn’t retained.

“It has enough in-house capacity and a list of external solicitors that it may consult from time to time as the case arises,” he said.