Ahead of the Saturday elections, the Independent National Electoral Commissionhas reacted to the report that the electoral body received a written letter from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The electoral body denied receiving a letter demanding for the postponement of the Zamfara State National Assembly, governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
The commission stated that the letter could be a fake document stirred from social media.
Malami in the supposed letter had demanded that the elections in Zamfara state be shifted following the decision of the Appeal Court over the primaries of All Progressives Congress in the state.
The AGF in the alleged letter which was said to have been written to the 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.
He stated in the letter that the postponement by the commission will enable the party to field candidates for all the positions.
The AGF was reported to have acted upon a petition written by the firm of M.A. Mahmud (SAN) and Co and further advised INEC to comply with the instructions forthwith.
The Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzezi while speaking on the situation stated that the commission is yet to receive the letter.
He said, “I said 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 enquiries from the INEC chairman and he said there is nothing like such letter and he has not received any such letter.”