The recent release of the independent National Electoral Commission INEC has shown there were no candidates fielded for rivers and Zamfara states, urban express news online findings have revealed.
With these developments, what it explains is that both states would not have candidates for all vacant position to participate in the forthcoming general elections except for an order coming from any competent court of jurisdiction that says otherwise
Checks from the lists signed by the Secretary of INEC, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, revealed that the Social Democratic Party did not have any presidential and vice-presidential candidates on the list.
This, INEC said, was due to the court order which sacked a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, as the SDP presidential candidate of the party.
Recall the Federal High Court in Abuja had stopped the APC from presenting candidates in Rivers and Zamfara following the inability of the party to resolve its internal crises on the conduct of its primaries.
The implication of non-inclusion of the APC candidates on the list is that the party would not partake in the next month’s federal legislative elections in Zamfara and Rivers.
This implies that the three senatorial seats and seven House of Representatives seats in the two states which are currently being occupied by the APC will be lost come February.
INEC said the decision was hinged on the fact that the APC failed to conduct primaries for the National Assembly, governorship and state assembly elections, adding that the October 7, 2018 deadline had lapsed.
The Zamfara APC had been engulfed in a serious crisis in recent time as parallel primaries had been held by factions of the party, none of which was monitored by INEC.
After a long wait by journalists on Thursday, INEC in Rivers State finally released the list of presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives’ candidates. While the list contained candidates of parties including the PDP, Accord Party, Labour Party, SDP and Green Party of Nigeria, those of the state APC were conspicuously missing.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, said the decision to exclude the APC candidates was in line with a court order that directed the electoral umpire to do so.
But the two factions of the Rivers State APC have assured their members that their candidates will contest the 2019 general elections.