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Thursday, 14 February 2019

AGF Malami writes letter to INEC, calls for postponement of NASS, Governorship, House of Assembly elections

Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), has called on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the National Assembly, governorship and state houses of Assembly elections to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) Zamfara, field candidates for the general elections.

The AGF made this call in a letter dated February 13, 2019 written to Yakubu Mamood, INEC Chairman.

Malami cited sections 38 and 39 of Electoral (Amendment) Act 2010 to support his call.

"My office received a petition from the firm of M. A. Mahmud, (SAN) & CO, in respect of the need to urgently consider Sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral Act and extend the time for the APC Zamfara to field a gubernatorial candidate in the light of a Zamfara High Court judgment in suit No.ZMS/GS/52/2018.

"The letter was requesting that the subsisting judgment in the suit be upheld and respected by INEC, as the Court of Appeal has upheld the appeal with No. CA/S/23/2019; thus effectively annulling the grounds upon which the purported cancellation of the APC Primaries in Zamfara by INEC was based."

He, however, called on INEC to comply with the instructions forthwith.

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