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Nigeria elections: INEC takes final decision on Zamfara APC fielding candidates


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will participate in the National Assembly, governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Zamfara state.

This was made known in a statement signed by Festus Okoye, Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, on Friday.

According to the electoral umpire, the decision was reached after a judgment by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday.

The statement read: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has consistently maintained that it will always obey court judgments and orders.

“In the case of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, the Federal High Court, Abuja and the Zamfara State High Court issued conflicting orders relating to the participation of the APC in the two strands of elections scheduled for 23rd February and 9th March 2019.

“While the former ruled that the APC, having failed to conduct party primaries cannot field candidates in the said election, the latter decided that it can field candidates having conducted valid party primaries.”

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