The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto state has upheld the controversial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state.
The court dismissed the appeal challenging the judgment of a lower court which upheld the Zamafra state APC primaries which was held in 2018.
The court has also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept candidates fielded by the APC in the state.
Recall that 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.
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.
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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.
The party is also facing the same situation in Rivers state where a disputed primary has led to cancellation.
The warring parties had refused to back down insisting that they be declared winner of the primary conducted amid controversies and violence.
The Supreme Court had declared the primary null and void which means that APC will not be participating tn the governorship election in the state.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) Zamfara, field candidates for the general elections.
Malami, who doubles as the Minister of Justice, made the call in a letter to INEC dated February 13.
The minister said that INEC could not foreclose the right of a political party to participate in elections without recourse to the Act.
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