By Ezeocha Nzeh
As the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) battles to overcome the ban from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on it not to field any candidate for the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State, the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, met Thursday with the party’s governorship aspirants in Zamfara State.
The AUTHORITY gathered that the meeting, which was called to seek the way out and arrive at a consensus candidate that would be forwarded to INEC was attended by majority of the aspirants, even as it was also gathered that the aspirants may have settled to endorse the candidature of Alhaji Dauda Lawal as the party’s consensus candidate.
INEC had in a letter to the APC on Tuesday, reminded the party of its inability to conduct party primaries in Zamfara, noting that the party has by implications barred from presenting candidates for governorship elections in the State.
But the APC National Chairman has insisted that the party would present its candidate for the election, noting that APC did not go for the primary election in Zamfara State, since the aspirants settled for a consensus.
Sources close to the meeting, which took place at the private office of the APC national chairman in Abuja confirmed to The AUTHORITY that Dauda, a retired bank executive is been considered by the aspirants to be forwarded to INEC as its consensus candidate.
“I can confirm to you that APC will present a candidate for the Zamfara State governorship election. The National Chairman is meeting with the aspirants and some APC stakeholders in the State, and from all indications, Alhaji Lawal Dauda, may emerge today (yesterday), as the party’s consensus candidate for Zamfara,” the source said.
The PDP has however warned INEC to ensure that it plays to the rule, noting that the opposition parties would not accept any candidate from APC, as it would amount to compromise.