Zamfara: We are still studying appeal court’s judgment – INEC

Zamfara: We are still studying appeal court’s judgment – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said its decision on the Court of Appeal judgment on the Zamfara State All Progressives Congress primaries would not be based on the “ opinion of any external solicitors . ” INEC ’ s Director of Voter Education and Publicity , Oluwole Osaze- Uzezi , stated this in

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said its decision on the Court of Appeal judgment on the Zamfara State All Progressives Congress primaries would not be based on the “ opinion of any external solicitors . ”
INEC ’ s Director of Voter Education and Publicity , Oluwole Osaze- Uzezi , stated this in Abuja while responding to enquiries from one of our correspondents .
He said the commission was still studying the judgment of the Court of Appeal, adding that it would make its “ position known in due course . ”
Recall that a senator from the state , Kabiru Marafa , had at the Court of Appeal in Sokoto challenged the judgment of a Zamfara State High Court , which gave the APC the go – ahead to field candidates during the 2019 polls .
On Monday, there were reports that the Court of Appeal nullified the APC primaries in the state on the grounds that the party did not conduct any primary election .
After the judgment of the Court of Appeal, INEC on Tuesday suspended issuance of certificate of return to the governor – elect of the state , Alhaji Muktar Shehu .
The state APC, the state governor – elect and other winners of the 2019 elections on the platform of the party in the state had on Tuesday written to INEC .
Oluwole- Uzezi told THE NEWSPAD not to rely on what politicians said, but to study the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
“ INEC does not rely on opinions of external solicitors that it hasn’ t retained .
“ It has enough in – house capacity and a list of external solicitors that it may consult from time to time as the case arises, ” he said.
Meanwhile , the Marafa – led faction of the APC in the state on Thursday wrote to INEC , asking for the withdrawal of the certificates of return issued to Governor Abdulaziz Yari and other candidates of the party who emerged victorious in the February 23 , 2019 National Assembly elections in the state .
The faction ’ s counsel , Chief Mike Ozekhome ( SAN), signed the letter .
He urged the commission to obey the March 25 , 2019 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto by withdrawing the certificates of return which it said were “ erroneously issued ” to the persons .

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