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INEC reacts to purported letter from AGF Malami to postpone Zamfara elections

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INEC reacts to purported letter from AGF Malami to postpone Zamfara elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied receiving any letter from the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), demanding a postponement of the Zamfara State National Assembly, governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

The commission specifically stated that the purported letter could be a fake document emanating from online media.

Backstory: The AGF, had in the purported letter, demanded a shift in the polls following the decision of the Appeal Court that all parties should return to the status quo in the primaries of the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The letter which was allegedly addressed to INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and dated February 13, 2019, cited Sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2010 to support his argument.

Malami purportedly said that the postponement would enable the Zamfara State APC to field candidates for all the positions.

The AGF is supposedly acting on a petition written by the firm of M.A. Mahmud (SAN) and Co and further advised INEC to comply with the instructions forthwith.

The INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzezi, has however said that the commission is yet to receive the letter.

“We have not received the letter, but when we get to the bridge, we will cross it. But for now, we have not received any such letter in INEC.

“It is on social media. How am I sure that it is not one of those social media gimmicks? I can’t comment on something I have not seen; I have made inquiries from the INEC chairman and he said there is nothing like such letter and he has not received any such letter,” he said.

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