In a bid to beat the October 18 deadline, All Progressive Congress (APC) submitted the list of presidential and senatorial candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The submission made around 3:00 pm was led by APC director of organization, Alhaji Kari along with other senior staff of the party in a branded vehicle.
As uncertainty crossed the minds of dozens of party bigwigs from across the country, they were seen speaking in hushed tones at the secretariat. The party was also said to have defied INEC’s order by going ahead to present a list of candidates from Zamfara state.
INEC had banned APC from scouting candidates after the expiration of the stipulated time.
However a deputy director of information in the commission, Aliyu Bello stated that as far as they were concerned, the issue of Zamfara is foreclosed. He added that INEC could not be held liable for the failure of party to comply with constitutional provisions.
All efforts by Splash news to see the list proved abortive, as party officials kept it a closely guarded secret.
Among those at the scene was Senetor Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central), who is from a fraction of the party in Delta State.
The matter took a turn for the worse as the crisis rocking APC in the state increased when the federal high court in Asaba restrained the national working committee (NWC) from submitting any list from the state to INEC.
The chief Cyril Ogodo led state working committee (SWC) and others had filed an interlocutory injunction restraining the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, from submitting a list of candidates from the prophet jones Erue faction.
In the ruling, Justice Adegoke had ordered the parties to maintain status quo till the substantial suit was heard. Adegoke further stated that this matter shall be given an accelerated hearing especially since it is pre-election matter.
Also a peaceful protest was staged by a group of Benue south APC justice and equality movement, accusing Chief Audu Ogben, the minister of Agriculture of allegedly substituting the names of elected candidates with those of cronies.
The coordinator, Mr. Akor Ikwuocha led the group as they urged the NWC to call the minister to order and ensure that candidate’s legitimate winners of the primaries were allowed to participate in the general elections.