(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – Hours after the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had announced the non participation of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers and Zamfara states in the 2019 general elections, an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has set aside the decision of INEC to delist the APC candidates in Zamfara, for failing to conduct a valid primary within the stipulated period.
Justice Abdul Aboki, leading other two members of the Court of Appeal, on Thursday, faulted the January 25, 2019 judgment delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in support of INEC delisting the Zamfara candidates, arguing that the High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter. The Court of Appeal also found that the suit was filed out of time, a development that rendered the action incompetent.
In the mean time, 72,775,502 million registered voters have collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards for the Presidential and National Assembly elections rescheduled for Saturday, 23 February, 2019.
This indication was given by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, adding that the number represented 86.36 percent of the 84,004,084 registered voters in Nigeria.
The figures showed that Lagos state, with over six million voters, has the highest followed by Kano state with over five million. Rivers State has over three million registered voters.