The All Progressives Congress (APC) has presented its final list of candidates for the 2019 general elections. The big takeaway is that the party submitted a candidates’ list for Zamfara State in defiance of instructions from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Backstory: The primary elections conducted by the APC witnessed disputes in several states. The most problematic was in Zamfara where a failure to conduct the primaries at the stipulated time led to INEC disqualifying the party from fielding candidates.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Isa-Onilu, has however said the party included candidates for all the states, including Zamfara, in the list submitted to INEC.
“We submitted applications for all the positions in all the states, including Zamfara,” he told THISDAY newspapers.
Also important to note:
- Some of the party’s heavyweights were left disappointed having failed to make the final list of candidates presented to INEC on Thursday. Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun got a ticket for the senate elections but his preferred governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, lost to Dapo Abiodun. In Plateau State, former deputy governor of the state and former minister, Pauline Tallen, did not get a senatorial ticket.
- There is controversy over whether Senator Shehu Sani’s name was submitted to INEC despite the backing he has received from the national secretariat of the party. Also, it appears that Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, was eventually chosen as the Imo State APC governorship candidate.
Bottom line: Lots of uncertainty. No one can be sure of the true state of things until INEC showcases the approved list of candidates. There is a court ruling asking INEC to accept the nominees list from the APC faction loyal to the Zamfara governor, but it is doubtful whether thatt is the same list submitted by the APC national office which supports a different set of candidates. We also cannot say with certainty if INEC intends to appeal the ruling.