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We Might Challenge INEC’s Execution Of Supreme Court Ruling – Zamfara APC

The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is considering dragging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over its declaration of some candidates of other political parties as winners of certain elective positions in the 2019 general elections.

Lawali Liman, Zamfara State APC Chairman, made this known at a press briefing held at the party’s state Secretariat in Gusau, on Wednesday.

INEC had earlier declared the APC as winner of the governorship and all the federal and state legislative positions contested during the 2019 polls.

However, the Supreme Court overturned the initial declaration by INEC due to the APC’s failure to conduct proper primaries ahead of the general elections.

Read Also: Supreme Court Nullifies APC Candidates’ Elections, Declares PDP Winner Of Zamfara Polls

Following the judgment, INEC subsequently declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the governorship election and some legislative seats.

But Liman argued that the electoral commission was “too hasty” to execute and, therefore, shot itself in the foot with its interpretation of the apex court’s order.

According to him, some of the APC’s candidates emerged through consensus and not via primaries and should, therefore, not be affected by the court’s judgment. 

Read Also: INEC Declares PDP Winner Of Zamfara Polls

He said: “We held a meeting recently with the party’s National Chairman in Abuja, who informed me that our party has a window to challenge the action of the Independent National Electoral Commission following the Supreme Court ruling that nullified our election in the state.

“Since the matter taken to the court revolved around irregularities of primaries, we had 13 candidates for the state House of Assembly, three for the Senate and two for the House of Representatives”

“These were those who contested unopposed and the primaries did not affect them.

“INEC was too hasty to declare the party with the second highest votes because the exact directive of the Supreme Court was that the next party with the ‘requisite spread should be declared and by these, our issues were not taken into consideration.” 

Liman said the APC was reviewing the matter with a view of seeking redress in court.

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