COURT NULLIFIES ZAMFARA APC GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARY
The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto has nullified the primaries of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the governorship election in Zamfara State.
In the lead judgement delivered by Justice Tom Yakubu which said the court set aside the decision of the Zamfara State High Court which allowed the APC to field a candidate for the governorship election in the state.
The trial court, according to the appellate court, failed to carry out a proper evaluation of the evidence before arriving at a decision.
Justice Yakubu maintained that the State High Court’s decision was fraught with error and that the appeal court had powers in law to assess pieces of evidence on appeal, which in this case had been done by the court.
The ruling of the appellate court comes one week after Attorney General of thefederation, Abubakar Malami had asked INEC to postpone the elections in Zamfara State. Malami had in a letter dated February 13, 2019 said he had acted based on a petition from a law firm claiming that recent court judgement have annulled the position of INEC , and that the APC cannot field candidates since it did not conduct primaries. Furthermore, he had called on INEC to push forward the elections in the state to allow the APC catch up with other parties in preparation for the polls. However, his letter was disregarded by INEC.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu had on Thursday in a press conference insisted that the APC in Zamfara state would not be fielding a candidate for the elections, this came before the latest twist by the Appeal Court.