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2019 Election: Zamfara, Rivers APC Remain Banned, Says INEC

INEC has declared that APC would not field candidates in Rivers and Zamfara states in the forthcoming elections 

The party had threatened that it would not allow any election to take place in the two states if it is not allowed to participate in the election – Prof. Yakub, the chairman of the commission, on Thursday, February 21, said the position of INEC on the two states have not changed The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu,

It was gathered that the commission had on Wednesday, February 20, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not be allowed to participate in any elections except the presidential poll in Rivers and Zamfara states.

Yakubu’s position came despite a letter written to INEC by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), asking the commission to recognise the APC in Zamfara.

The APC in Zamfara and Rivers states had threatened that they would not allow any elections to take place in their states if they were not allowed to participate in the governorship, National Assembly and state assembly elections.

Yakubu also revealed that 19 states have completed deployment of electoral materials while other states would complete their deployment by the end of today, Thursday, February 21.

According to This Day reports that the commission also revealed that it had distributed a total of 72.5 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the elections.

The chairman of INEC, disclosed this while giving update on the preparations of the commission ahead of Saturday’s rescheduled elections.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that a factional governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in River state, Senator Magnus Abe, threatened that he would sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if Tonye Dele Cole is recognised as the authentic candidate of the party for the forthcoming election.



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