The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday discounted the votes cast for All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 and March 9, 2019 general election in Zamfara State as void and declared candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winners in compliance with the Supreme Court judgement of Friday, May 24, 2019.
The Supreme Court had last Friday held that the APC did not conduct valid primaries and ruled that the votes cast for the party in all the elections in question were invalid. The apex court therefore ordered INEC to recognise the runners-up as the winners.
However, after invalidating the votes scored by APC candidates, INEC recognised all the runners-up in the election as candidates of the PDP.
Speaking during a press conference held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said all those who came second in the election were members of the PDP who met the requirements to be declared winners.