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INEC Releases Final List Of Candidates, APC Absent In Rivers And Zamfara States

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a final List of Governorship and House of Assembly candidates. Absent on the list were the names of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers and Zamfara states.

 INEC had on Thursday evening, January 17, released a list signed by the commission’s secretary, Rose Orianran-Anthony and while candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Labour Party among others made the list, those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were excluded.

A Federal High court in Port Harcourt, the state capital had nullified the direct and indirect primaries conducted by the two factions of the APC in Rivers. Also the case of Zamfara where conflicting judgements was delivered, INEC stood their ground that no candidate emerged legally therein the purported primaries.

The court presided over by Justice Kolawole Omotosho held that both primaries were not conducted according to the law.
Justice Omotosho had also restrained the electoral body from recognising Tonye Cole and Magnus Abe as governorship candidates of the APC in the general elections.

Senator Abe was declared the winner of a direct governorship primary conducted by a faction of the party in 2018 after polling 144, 929 votes.
But Cole emerged the winner of an indirect primary held by another faction with 3,329 votes.

Following the rulings. the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers, Obo Effanga, insisted that the electoral umpire would always obey court injunctions.
As it stands no candidate on the list from Rivers and Zamfara under the APC party for the forthcoming elections for now.

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