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The lawyer popular of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has clarified reports that he wrote a letter to the unbiased countrywide Electoral commission (INEC), asking for the postponement of the overall election in Zamfara kingdom.

The attorney standard had drawn the ire of former president of the Nigerian Bar association (NBA), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and a constitutional law professional, leader Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who additionally condemned the letter and cautioned INEC no longer to take orders from him.

However Malami, in a declaration the day past by using his media aide, Mr. Salihu Isah, defined the reports that he requested INEC to delay the elections in Zamfara state as false and misleading.

The attorney widespread of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has clarified reports that he wrote a letter to the impartial countrywide Electoral fee (INEC), requesting the postponement of the general election in Zamfara kingdom.

The lawyer preferred had drawn the ire of former president of the Nigerian Bar affiliation (NBA), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and a constitutional law expert, chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who also condemned the letter and recommended INEC no longer to take orders from him.

But Malami, in a statement the previous day by his media aide, Mr. Salihu Isah, defined the reports that he requested INEC to put off the elections in Zamfara state as false and misleading.

According to the statement, the AGF stated that every one he did was to draw the eye of the commission to the need to take into account a recent judgment of the court docket of appeal in favour of the APC.

The statement titled, ‘AGF letter to INEC dated February, 13, 2019 – A explanation,’ study: “the attention of the office of the Honourable lawyer trendy of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been interested in a recent book with the aid of positive social media and conventional news shops stating that this office had purportedly asked INEC to postpone the elections in Zamfara state. The office of the Honourable attorney fashionable of the Federation wishes to emphatically reiterate that this document is false and deceptive.

“In our letter dated thirteenth February 2019 addressed to the INEC Chairman, the AGF in reacting to a petition from M.A Mahmud informing this workplace of the subsisting court docket of enchantment selection in CA/S/22/2019, which efficaciously upheld the APC primaries in Zamfara state, wrote to INEC informing them of this development and asked the commission to conform with the aid of extending the time within which the political party may additionally discipline its candidate within the gubernatorial elections.”

Malami pointed out that the constraining occasions that brought about the put off in fielding a candidate were caused by INEC’s refusal to conform with the Zamfara state excessive court judgment, which upheld the stated APC’s primaries.

He said INEC had relied on a Federal excessive court judgment, which nullified the primaries, whereas the courtroom of appeal’s choice in reference has now efficiently overturned this selection and upheld the stated APC primaries.

In supporting his function, the AGF made connection with the provisions of sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral Act, 2010, which allows INEC the range and reticence to increase the time within which a political party may additionally duly discipline a candidate for an election where unexpected instances confined such a celebration from doing so inside the stipulated time frame.

The legal professional wellknown of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has clarified reports that he wrote a letter to the unbiased national Electoral fee (INEC), requesting the postponement of the overall election in Zamfara nation.


The legal professional preferred had drawn the ire of former president of the Nigerian Bar affiliation (NBA), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and a constitutional law professional, chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who also condemned the letter and advised INEC not to take orders from him.

But Malami, in a assertion the previous day via his media aide, Mr. Salihu Isah, defined the reports that he requested INEC to put off the elections in Zamfara country as fake and deceptive.


In step with the assertion, the AGF referred to that every one he did become to draw the attention of the fee to the need to consider a recent judgment of the court of appeal in favour of the APC.

The announcement titled, ‘AGF letter to INEC dated February, 13, 2019 – A explanation,’ examine: “the attention of the office of the Honourable legal professional preferred of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been attracted to a current publication by way of certain social media and traditional news retailers stating that this office had purportedly requested INEC to put off the elections in Zamfara country. The workplace of the Honourable attorney preferred of the Federation needs to emphatically reiterate that this file is false and misleading.

“In our letter dated thirteenth February 2019 addressed to the INEC Chairman, the AGF in reacting to a petition from M.A Mahmud informing this workplace of the subsisting courtroom of enchantment decision in CA/S/22/2019, which efficaciously upheld the APC primaries in Zamfara country, wrote to INEC informing them of this development and asked the commission to conform by way of extending the time within which the political party might also field its candidate in the gubernatorial elections.”


Malami mentioned that the constraining instances that led to the put off in fielding a candidate had been due to INEC’s refusal to comply with the Zamfara state high court docket judgment, which upheld the stated APC’s primaries.

He stated INEC had trusted a Federal high court docket judgment, which nullified the primaries, whereas the court docket of attraction’s selection in reference has now efficiently overturned this choice and upheld the said APC primaries.

In supporting his position, the AGF made connection with the provisions of sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral Act, 2010, which lets in INEC the range and discretion to extend the time within which a political birthday party may additionally duly area a candidate for an election where unexpected situations restrained such a party from doing so in the stipulated time frame.

He said: “it's miles, therefore, our role that shutting a candidate out of the elections in spite of a subsisting court of attraction’s choice mandating in any other case might lead to a miscarriage of justice and definitely now not inside the interest of giving all parties in Zamfara country a stage gambling field. Our letter to INEC is, therefore, in keeping with the subsisting court docket of attraction’s decision in addition to Sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

“it's far at this point obligatory to reiterate that the issue for contention by using the events before the trial and appellate court docket had been in no way and by means of no stretch of imagination enlarge to the presidential election, which at any fee became not an problem pondered for determination by way of the trial and appellate courtroom.

“it's far, consequently, obvious that what the insinuations within the social media and some conventional news outlets set out to gain on the power of this problem is to confuse the voters and Nigerians at large and/or to painting the ruling government as insensitive to the electoral system.”


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