…Chargess parties to take conduct of their primaries serious
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will today, in Abuja, present certificates of return to the Zamfara State
governor-elect, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawale and the deputy-governor elect, Alh. Mahdi Aliyu Gusau. Similarly, the three Senators-elect and seven House of Representatives members-elect from the state will also be given their certificates of return in Abuja today.The Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu confirmed this at the weekend in Abuja shortly after declaring the governor-elect, his deputy, he Senators-elect and the House of Representatives’ members-elect, all of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winners of the election after the Supreme court had declared the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the various elections held in the state as wasted for failing to conduct a valid primaries.The certificates of returns will be presented to the elected officials at the Commission’s Electoral Institute at 2pm today.The governor-elect and his deputy are expected to be sworn-in on Wednesday, May 29 in Gusau, the state capita
In the words of Prof. Yakubu, “The Commission will issue Certificates of Return to the new winners as follows:
Governor and Deputy Governor-elect, Senators-elect and the House of Representatives membets-elect will receive their certificates on Monday 27thMay 2019 at the Commission’s Electoral Institute at 2.00pm.”Members of the State House of Assembly-elect will receive their certificates from the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Zamfara State at the INEC State Office in Gusau on Friday 31stMay 2019 at 10.00am”, he said.
While drawing the attention of all stakeholders, particularly the political parties, to the implications of the Supreme Court judgment on the Zamfara matter, the INEC Chairman said, “It is clear that properly conducted party primaries are cardinal to the proper internal functioning of political parties, the electoral process and our democratic system at large”.He added. “Therefore, political parties must take very seriously the conduct of primaries according to all extant rules, including the monitoring of the processes by INEC to avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience. “I want therefore to remind us that the Commission has since 9thApril 2019 issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 Bayelsa and Kogi Governorship elections by which party primaries are scheduled to hold between the 2ndand 29thAugust 2019.”I appeal to political parties intending to field candidates in the elections to adhere strictly to this and other timelines in the Timetable and Schedule of activities”, he said.