Yari, other APC victors may forfeit seats following appellate court's judgment

Yari, other APC victors may forfeit seats following appellate court's judgment

- Zamfara APC candidates who emerged victorious in the 2019 elections may lose their seats, following the judgment of the appellate court

- Going by the Appeal Court’s ruling, the party’s candidates were not supposed to stand for the election in the first place

- The justices said the judgment would serve as a “bitter lesson” for political parties which fail to follow rules and legitimate guidelines

The governor of Zamfara state, Abdul Aziz Yari, who is also a senator-elect, and other candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state who emerged winners in the 2019 elections may lose their victories to rivals.

This is as a result of the Zamfara Court of Appeal’s ruling on Monday, March 25, which set aside the Zamfara High Court’s judgement allowing the party to field candidates in the 2019 elections, Leadership reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that all contested positions from the governorship to seats in the national and state legislature in the February 23 and March 9 general elections had been won by the APC.

However, going by the Appeal Court’s ruling, the party’s candidates were not supposed to stand for the election in the first place.

Justice Tom Yakubu, while delivering the lead judgment, held that the lower court had failed in its duty to properly evaluate the evidence before it. The judgment was also adopted by two other justices, Tijjani Abubakar and Jamilu Tukur.

Yakubu said: “I am convinced that the lower court has failed to evaluate the evidence before reaching the decision. The Appeal Court has power in law to access pieces of evidence on appeal, which we have done.

“Based on available facts, the respondents did not contradict the INEC evidence on conducting the said primary election.”

According to the justices, the judgment would serve as a “bitter lesson” for political parties which fail to follow rules and legitimate guidelines.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, hailed the judgment of the Appeal Court which set aside the ruling of the Zamfara state High Court on the party’s primaries tussle

Reacting to the Appeal Court’s decision on Monday, Senator Marafa, who was one of the governorship aspirants in the state, said the judgment had shown that truth would always prevail over falsehood, saying he and his other colleagues in the race were vindicated.

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