- All is set for the Supreme Court's ruling on the Zamfara governorship election
- A five-member panel led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, have fixed the date for its decision
- The CJN announced the date following passionate appeals that the court considers the judgment before Wednesday, May 29
The Supreme Court on Thursday, May 16, stated it will on Friday, May 24 to deliver judgment in the appeals over the disqualification of candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara state.
A five-member panel led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, fixed the date after listening to the arguments from counsel in the matter, Premium Times reports.
Mohammed announced the date following passionate appeals that the court considers the judgment before Wednesday, May 29, so as not to create constitutional crisis in the state.
May 29 is the constitutionally recognised day for swearing-in of new governors across the country, except for states with off-cycle elections.
Governor Abdulazeez Yari faction of the APC, which emerged after the October 8, 2018, primary of the party had approached the apex court to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto division.
The appeal was filed by the Senator Kabiru Marafa faction of the party challenging the outcome of the primary.
During the court session on Thursday, May 16, the counsel representing the appellant, Lateef Fagbemi, pleaded with the court to allow the appeal and restore the judgment of the Zamfara High Court which allowed APC to field candidates in the 2019 general election.
Fagbemi said the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, should be set aside on the grounds that the said judgement was a miscarriage of justice.
Responding, the counsel representing Marafa and other respondents, Mike Ozekhome, urged the court to dismiss the appeal.
Ozekhome further urged the court to affirm the appeal court judgment which held that the APC in the state did not conduct primaries that can qualify it to nominate candidates for the last general election.
Meanwhile, the APC in Zamfara recently won all the 14 local government council seats in the state.
Declaring the results in Gusau, the chairman of the Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission, Alhaji Garba Muhammad Danburam, said the APC won all the seats contested for in the elections by 42 political parties.
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