Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, has finally lost its bid to govern Zamfara State for the next four years following a Supreme Court ruling.
An APC governor, Abdulaziz Yari, is the outgoing governor of the state.
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the APC did not conduct valid primaries in the build up to the 2019 general elections in Zamfara.
The Supreme Court validated the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which ruled that no valid primaries were conducted by the APC in Zamfara State.
The court in a unanimous judgement by a five-member panel on Friday decided that a party that had no valid candidate cannot be said to have emerged winner of the recently conducted general elections.
In an appeal brought by the APC, the apex court ruled against the apellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the APC.
“Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant,” the court ruled.
The candidate of the APC, Mukhtar Idris, had been declared winner of the elections after he polled 534,541 votes despite controversies trailing his candidacy.
The PDP candidate is believed to have come second in the election and could now be declared the governor-elect in the state.
The ruling also affects all APC Zamfara House of Assembly candidates who were initially declared winners of their elections.
Supreme Courts Verdicts: PDP Kano, Tells Ganduje to Awaits Real Judgment In the hereafter.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The faction of the Kwankwasiyya members in Kano have expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s verdict on Monday, reaffirming Governor Ganduje as the winner in the 2019 governorship elections.
In a statement signed by the Spokesperson to Abba K. Yusuf, the 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa described the state of democracy in Nigeria as unfortunate.
“Today’s judgement on the Kano governorship tussle further confirms the connivance of the allied forces of election robbery who are oppressors of the Nigerian democracy.” He said.
According to Dawakin Tofa, the Kwankwasiyya officials had earlier forwarded enough evidences before the Apex Court with full confidence that justice would be served.
“Considering the overwhelming evidences presented by the eminent team of experienced lawyers, one cannot imagine how these agents of tyranny and undemocratic principles joined hands to rob the good people of Kano their mandate.” He added.
“However, we have seen the worst of what they can do, so they should await the judgment of the Almighty Allah, which they cannot avoid.”
Recall that Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court had on Monday affirmed the victory of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state and dismissed the petitions forwarded to it by PDP.
FWM, recalled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
Court strikes out Natasha Akpoti’s suit against Bello
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed by Natasha Akpoti, Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s candidate in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi, against the Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lacking in locus standi.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement, held that the alleged offence was criminal and not a civil case which could be instituted by an individual.
The judge, therefore, declared that the plaintiff had no legal right to institute the case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ekwo had, on Dec. 6, 2019, fixed Jan. 20 to deliver a judgment in the suit seeking Gov. Bello’s disqualification over alleged double registration as a voter.
BREAKING: Ihedioha’s Supreme Court sacking: PDP’s ‘mother of all protests’ ends abruptly as members escape death in Abuja
The protest embarked upon, on Monday, in Abuja by the leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party against the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 Imo State governorship election has ended abruptly at the Eagle Square.
The protesters, who had taken off from the PDP complex in Maitama, Abuja popularly called the Legacy House, were en route to the Supreme Court, but on getting to the Eagles Square, they noticed that suspected members of the All Progressives Congress had gathered at the Supreme Court junction. The leaders of the protest, to avoid clash or confrontation with the suspected APC members, decided to stop the PDP members from continuing with the protest to the Supreme Court, which initially was supposed to be the terminal point of the protest.
The protest did not also end without an accident. Some of the PDP protesters escaped death by the whiskers. The affected PDP protesters were in some vehicles, but suddenly at the Transcorp Hilton junction, one of the vehicles rammed into a truck also conveying some other PDP protesters. However, there were no injuries and no death recorded.
The Supreme Court had on January 14 nullified the victory of Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who is the PDP Imo State 2019 governorship candidate.
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