The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has banned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from fielding candidates for elective positions in Zamfara state for the 2019 elections.
The electoral said the decision was taken as a result of the failure of the party to elect its candidates within the stipulated period in accordance with the electoral act.
AN24 recalls that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had announced the dissolution of Zamfara APC exco led by Alhaji Lawali M. Liman.
However, the Zamfara APC exco head, who insisted he remained the chairman of the party, had also declared Governor Abdulaziz Yari as the winner of Zamfara West senatorial zone’s primary election in the state, who he said had scored 166,610 votes.
Liman said the state government-backed Shehu Idris polled 310,380 votes to clinch the governorship ticket of the party; while Senator Kabiru Marafa, a member of the G8 fighting Governor Yari, came second with only 54,607 votes.
The Zamfara APC exco head said the other governorship contenders scored votes as follows: Alhaji Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi 5,514; Deputy Governor Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad 517; Alhaji Sagir Hamidu Gusau 102; Alhaji Aminu Sani Jaji 12,039; Alhaji Abu Magaji 340; Alhaji Dauda Lawal Dare 5,396; and Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) 292 votes.
But the Major General Abubakar Mustapha Gana-led Zamfara State Electoral Committee said the results announced by Alhaji Liman could not stand, adding that they would submit their report to the national headquarters that there were no primaries in Zamfara.
AN24 reports that the political parties had up till 12 am on Sunday to complete their primary elections for various offices, and findings at the APC headquarters in Abuja indicated that Zamfara was unable to beat the dateline.