The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were yesterday locked in an exchange after the ruling party was barred from fielding candidates for all elections in Zamfara State.
APC was also under pressure after its Rivers State governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, and all other candidates recently produced by the Rotimi Amaechi-led faction of the party were disqualified from participation after a high court voided the congresses that brought forth the ward, local government and state executives who presided over the party primaries.
In Zamfara State, the party was barred from partaking in the elections, following its failure to hold party primaries before last Sunday’s deadline fixed by the commission. The developments in the two states were challenged by the party. National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in a stiff reaction, debunked the claim that the party did not conduct primaries, saying though party members bickered over the conduct of the primaries, they nevertheless agreed on a consensus list before the end of the deadline last Sunday.