The All Progressives Congress has insisted on fielding candidates for the 2019 elections in Zamfara, contrary to the position of the electoral body, INEC.
In a statement released by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, he said the party’s stance on the election is clear and had relayed it to INEC before now.
“INEC cannot say that we don’t have candidates for election until the deadline has expired.
“We have options of consensus, direct and indirect primaries and we are going to apply, like we have done in other states, our energies, time and concerns to pick our candidates.
“I can assure you that before the October 18 deadline, we are going to meet all INEC requirements and we are going to submit names of all the candidates for not only Zamfara but the 36 states and the FCT.”
Issa-Onilu also dismissed the suggestion that the party might sue INEC, saying: “It is not yet something for the party to take legal action. Nothing calls for that. We would not be reacting to what INEC said in the public.”
He explained that after the party got a letter from INEC, it replied but was yet to receive a response from the commission.
“We are on the side of the law, we had a primary in Zamfara. We are operating within the guidelines of INEC and the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria,” he said.
“We believe that INEC does not have the correct information on what happened in Zamfara and this we have stated in our letter to the commission. They haven’t replied our letter.
“We also ask INEC that if they need more information from us, that we will be ready to offer it.”