- The presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed the Supreme Court ruling that nullified the elections of all candidates fielded by APC in Zamfara
- Also commending the apex court's verdict is governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state and a human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome
- Recall that Ozekhome was the lead counsel of the Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the APC seeking the nullification of the party’s primaries
The ruling of the Supreme Court, which nullified the elections of all candidates fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state in the 2019 general elections has been commended by ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the verdict is a victory for the rule of law, Vanguard reports
Legit.ng gathers that Atiku said “nothing is as pleasing to the ears of believers, as justice being served in the holy month of Ramadan".
The former vice president lauded the apex court's verdict in a statement signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe.
He said: “God first, Nigeria second, must be our priority as trustees of the people. When justice prevails, the people rejoice, chains are broken, freedom is multiplied and society is enriched."
Atiku congratulated the new governor-elect Honourable Bello Matawalle of the PDP and the people of Zamfara state.
In the same vein, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state congratulated the new governor elect and other PDP candidates in the state.
He said: “I hereby congratulate the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara State, Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, on his victory at the Supreme Court whose (sic) ruling returned him as the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state.
“I also commend the leaders of the PDP and the teeming supporters of the party in Zamfara for their dedication and resilience. And very importantly, I thank the Judiciary, once again, for standing up to the expectations of the well-meaning Nigerian public as a strong, impartial arbiter that could be trusted.
A legal luminary and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), also commended the Supreme Court ruling, saying it would go a long way in deepening democracy in the country.
He said: “What the apex court has done today (Friday) is to deepen, widen and strengthen democracy and our democratic precepts. It shows that parties must maintain internal democracy and cannot whimsically, capriciously and arbitrarily operate outside their constitution, guidelines, the Electoral Act and the Constitution.
“The Supreme Court has redefined our jurisprudence by showing that when a party damages its primaries, it can never reap the proceeds of its illegalities. That is why and how the PDP that came second has today produced the governor, all Senators, all House of Representatives and House of Assembly members today in one fell swoop.”
Legit.ng previously reported that a five-member panel of justices in the Supreme Court on Friday, May 24, nullified all votes cast for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections in Zamfara state.
In the court's ruling, read by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the panel said that the APC in the state did not carry out primaries according to the party regulations.
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