- The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto state recently upheld 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
- Senator Kabiru Marafa, however, says the effect of the judgement from the court and that of is that APC has no candidates in Zamfara for now
Chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa has reacted to the recently upheld controversial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara by the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto state.
In a press statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, February 13, Senator Marafa said the effect of the judgement from the two appeal courts (Abuja and Sokoto) is that APC has no candidates in Zamfara for now.
“We are back to status quo, that is, no candidates for APC in Zamfara,” the senator affirmed.
Continuing, the senator said: “Contrary to the erroneous information being peddled by some un-informed persons, the Court of Appeal in Sokoto didn't clear APC candidates in Zamfara.
“In the Sokoto division, the Court of Appeal refused to entertain the motion filled by Yari's counsel seeking the enforcement of the judgement of the Zamfara High Court.
“The motion for the enforcement was rested on the appeal filled by Rep Sani Jaji and since the appeal was withdrawn the motion collapsed with it and was therefore dismissed.
“In the Abuja division, a similar motion seeking stay of execution filled by Yari counsel was withdrawn by the counsel himself, who also admitted in the open court that the motion ought not to have been filed because Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu did not give any order that can be stayed she simply commended INEC and maintain that it (INEC) acted within its powers and that APC failed to prove its case that it conducted primaries in Zamfara.
“She thereafter dismissed the case. Consequently, the Appeal court struck out the motion. The motions having failed in both divisions of the court in the same day, it is very clear that we are back to square one, that is; No APC candidates in Zamfara.
“The mis-information making the rounds in the social media are nothing but wicked lies peddled by dying desperate politicians that are afraid of going into compulsory retirement, they should therefore be disregarded and ignored.”
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Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to allow the Zamfara APC field candidates for the general elections.
Malami made the call in a letter to INEC dated Wednesday, February 13, saying INEC could not foreclose the right of a political party to participate in elections without recourse to the Electoral Act.
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