2019: Appeal court justices withdraw from Zamfara APC case

2019: Appeal court justices withdraw from Zamfara APC case

- There is a set back for Zamfara APC as appeal court justices disqualified themselves from hearing the case on the qualification of the party to field candidates for the 2019 elections

- Justice Ahmad Belgore ruled that based on the issues raised by Muhammad Nuhu counsel to Senator Kabiru Marafa, the justices would not continue with the case

- Belgore, however, told all parties to the case to await the constitution of a new panel that would consider the matter

Justices of the Sokoto division of the Court of Appeal on Monday, February 11, disqualified themselves from hearing the case on the qualification of Zamfara All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates for the forthcoming general elections.

News Agency of NIgeria (NAN) reports that a Zamfara high court had recognised the primary elections held by the APC in the state and declared that INEC accept the party’s candidates for the elections.

Unsatisfied with state high court decision, the appellant, Aminu Jaji, a governorship aspirant and serving member representing Kauran Namoda/ Birnin Magaji Federal Constituency approached the appeal court to set aside the judgement.

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The presiding judge, Justice Ahmad Belgore, ruled that based on circulated media allegations and issues raised by Muhammad Nuhu, counsel to Sen. Kabiru Marafa, the justices would not continue with the case.

Belgore said in recognition of the magnitude of allegations and present situation in judiciary as well as the nation, the judges surrendered that the president of the Court of Appeal should constitute new panel to entertain the matter.

He told all parties to the case to await the constitution of a new panel that would consider the matter.

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At the resumed hearing, counsel to the respondents told the court that some of his clients have accused the justices of receiving three million US Dollars to compromise the case.

Earlier, counsel to the appellant, Ishiyaku Dikko (SAN), had applied to withdraw the entire appeal, which was rejected by the court on the ground that he ought to wait until the slated date for substantive hearing.

Meanwhile, eight governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara state, faulted the move by the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari to enforce the judgement of a state high court on the Zamfara APC candidates tussle.

The aspirants including Senator Kabir Garba Marafa, the Zamfara state deputy governor; Malam Ibrahim Wakala, former governor of the state; Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, Minster of Defence; Mansur Dan-Ali, Rep Aminu Sani Jaji, Engineer Abu Magaji, Dauda Lawal and Mohammed Sagir Hamidu.

The aspirants under the umbrella of G-8, said an application filed on Friday, February 8, by Governor Yari, seeking the interim enforcement of the judgement of a Zamfara state high court on the tussle, was strange to the law.

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