Zamfara Governorship: Supreme Court reserves judgement on APC’s application

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, reserved ruling in an application, asking it to review its judgment which nullified the victory of the candidates of the All Progressive Congress(APC) at the 2019 general elections held in Zamfara State.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, had reserved judgement in the appeal after parties in the matter adopted their written addresses.

The court said the date for its judgment in the appeal will be communicated to the lawyers.

The fresh application before the apex court was brought by a faction of the APC led by a former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari.

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While adopting their addresses, the APC’s lawyer, Robert Clarke (SAN), on Tuesday urged the court to grant his clients’ application by setting aside the consequential order which gave victory to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)’s candidates in the state.

He urged the apex court to order the APC to conduct fresh primaries.

He argued that the apex court previous orders were made without jurisdiction.

But the lawyer of the Kabiru Marafa-led faction, Mike Ozekhome, urged the apex court to dismiss the application and award huge costs against the applicants’ lawyer.

The Supreme Court had, on May 24, ruled that the APC did not conduct valid primaries in the build-up to the 2019 general elections in Zamfara.

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The apex court validated the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which ruled that no valid primaries were conducted by the APC in Zamfara State.

The court in a unanimous judgment by a five-member panel decided that a party that had no valid candidate cannot be said to have emerged winner of the elections.

In an appeal brought by the APC, the apex court ruled against the appellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the APC.

“Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest votes stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant,” the court ruled.

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It then declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as the winners of all the offices earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.

Dissatisfied with the apex court judgment, APC, through Mr Clarke, filed an application on June 17, 2019, asking the apex court to “review, amend, correct and/or set aside the consequential orders” contained in the May 24, 2019 judgment of the apex court.

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