Thursday, 14 February 2019

Zamfara Polls: AGF Writes INEC, Request Postponement of Election

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The Nation’s Attorney General and Minister of justice, Mr. Abubakar Mallami has written to the independent National Electoral Commission requesting the commission to postpone the National Assembly Elections and the Governorship and state house of Assembly Polls in Zamfara state paving ways for All Progressive Congress to field candidates for the 2019 election that is about taking place few days time.

A copy of the three-page letter bearing Malami’s signature and dated February 13, 2019, with reference number MJ/DSD/03, emerged on social media early Thursday, even though, there was no sign of acknowledgement coming from the office of the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.

Malami, in the letter, which he said was informed by a petition he received from the law firm of M.A Mahmud & Co., anchored his request for the postponement of the elections in Zamfara State on a judgment of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal.

The minister, a founding member of the APC, said in the letter that the Court of Appeal’s judgment delivered on Wednesday affirmed an earlier verdict of the Zamfara State High Court which had held that the party conducted valid primaries for the various elective positions in the state.
Malami said granting the concession of postponing the polls in Zamfara State in the light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment was not a matter of doing APC favour but a right the party was entitled to.

His letter stated, “In view of the fact, now that the Court of Appeal has upheld the primaries as valid, the APC in Zamfara State will need a little time to catch up with its contemporaries in the election.

“Granting them this concession is not necessarily favouring, but a right that inures to all contestants under similar circumstances.

“Consequent on the above, INEC is invited to comply with the judgment of the Court of Appeal by admitting the results of the APC Zamfara State Primaries and to also comply with the provisions of Section 38 of the Electoral Act which empowers INEC to postpone the election for the governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly Elections.” 

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