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Saraki named DG of Atiku presidential campaign council

Senate President Bukola Saraki has been appointed director-general of the campaign council of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP, made this known on Tuesday.

The senate president was among the aspirants who contested the presidential ticket at the party’s convention which held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Saraki came third behind Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, and Abubakar, the eventual winner.

Secondus said the membership of the campaign council was approved “after due consultation”.

“After due consultation with party stakeholders of PDP under my leadership has approved the following as members of the Atiku presidential campaign council. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki as director-general of Atiku Presidential Campaign Council,” the PDP chairman tweeted.

“Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the zonal coordinator for north-west. Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as zonal coordinator for north-east. Governor Samuel Ortom as the zonal coordinator for north-central. Governor Dave Umahi as the zonal coordinator for south-east. Barrister Nyesom Wike as the zonal coordinator for south-south.

“Governor Ayodele Fayose @GovAyoFayose is the zonal coordinator for the south-west. Barr Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, Chairman, Legal Matters. Governor Udom Emmanuel as the Chairman, Fund Raising. Other members of the presidential campaign council will be announced soon.”

APC replies INEC on Zamfara, stands firm on fielding candidates in 2019

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will field candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 general election despite its disqualification by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party’s national publicity secretary, said this in reaction to the statement of Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, on the issue.

Yakubu on Monday said the commission stands by its decision to bar APC from fielding candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara for failing to conduct primaries within the time stipulated in the election timetable.

The electoral body had earlier written to the APC, notifying it of its inability to conduct primaries for the 2019 polls in accordance with the commission’s approved deadline of October 7.

The APC spokesman, however, said: “INEC cannot say that we don’t have candidates for election until the deadline has expired.

“We have options of consensus, direct and indirect primaries and we are going to apply, like we have done in other states, our energies, time and concerns to pick our candidates.

“I can assure you that before the October 18 deadline, we are going to meet all INEC requirements and we are going to submit names of all the candidates for not only Zamfara but the 36 states and the FCT.”

Issa-Onilu also dismissed the suggestion that the party might sue INEC, saying: “It is not yet something for the party to take legal action. Nothing calls for that. We would not be reacting to what INEC said in the public.”

He explained that after the party got a letter from INEC, it replied but was yet to receive a response from the commission.

“We are on the side of the law, we had a primary in Zamfara. We are operating within the guidelines of INEC and the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria,” he said.

“We believe that INEC does not have the correct information on what happened in Zamfara and this we have stated in our letter to the commission. They haven’t replied our letter.

“We also ask INEC that if they need more information from us, that we will be ready to offer it.”

2019: APC won’t field candidates in Zamfara, INEC insists

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it stands by its statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not field candidates for the 2019 general election in Zamfara state.

Mahmoud Yakubu, INEC chairman, said this on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” on Monday in Abuja.

“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he said.

Yakubu re-emphasised that the deadline for submission of party candidates’ name to the commission was October 18, saying that it would give a full report on that after November 18.

INEC had informed the ruling APC in a leaked memo that it would not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 elections.

The commission’s acting secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche, in a letter to the APC said the party was barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections.

The commission said this was because APC failed to comply with sections 87 and 31 of the electoral act of 2010.

Parties, according to the act, were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be held between August 18 and October 7.

INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.”

Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, later responded to INEC saying the party had already arrived at a consensus before the deadline.

Oshiomhole said following the high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.

“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party,” he had said.

“This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).”

He said the claim by INEC that no primaries were conducted could only be referring to its officials’ observation that actual voting did not take place.

The party chairman also noted that PDP had similar issues in Kano state and wondered why INEC did not bar the opposition party from fielding candidates.

Yakubu added that the commission would by the end of November print the outstanding permanent voter cards (PVCs).

“We have printed the PVCs for those who registered in the first quarter of 2018. We are right now simultaneously printing for those who registered in the second and third quarters,” he said.

“We are looking at the end of November for all the PVCs to be printed including request for transfer and relocation.

“Let me just repeat the assurance that every citizen that registered and who have applied for transfer or replacement will get his or her PVC before 2019 general elections.”

He, however, said that the commission had stopped every registration, request for transfer and replacement of damaged PVCs.