The All Progressive Congress, APC, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that voting is not the only mode of determining candidate of a political party.
The APC, in a statement signed by its chairman, Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday, said candidates are also chosen through consensus.
The statement was in reaction to a ban by INEC on the ruling party to present candidates in Zamfara State for the 2019 general elections for not conducting their primaries before the deadline of October 7.
The commission, through its acting secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche, in a letter signed earlier on Wednesday, said the party is not eligible to field candidates for the governorship, national assembly and state assembly positions in the state, for its alleged failure to conduct primaries.
But according to the statement signed by Oshiomhole, the APC said primaries were conducted in accordance with the constitution of the party and in compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).
“We, therefore, affirmed that primaries took place in Zamfara State,” the statement read in part.
It added, “the summary of the report, as you will find, is that following the high level of friction, disagreements and threatened violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.”
“A list was produced which was confirmed/affirmed by all delegates present.