S’Court delivers judgment on Zamfara APC dispute May 24

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The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed May 24 for judgment in the appeals on the dispute over the validity of the All Progressives Congress’ primary elections which produced the candidates fielded by the party in the last general elections.

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, led the five-man panel that heard the appeals on Thursday.

There had been two conflicting judgments of the Federal High Court in Abuja and the High Court of Zamfara State on whether or not the party conducted valid primaries in the state ahead of the February 23, 2019 National Assembly elections and March 11, 2019 governorship and state House of Assembly polls.

The Abuja and Sokoto divisions of the Court of Appeal had also delivered conflicting judgments on the matter.

The Governor Abdulaziz Yari faction which, with the backing of the national leadership of the party, produced the candidates fielded for the elections in the state, had maintained that the party conducted valid primaries in the state,

But the Senator Kabir Marafa faction claimed otherwise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had, on the basis of the conflicting judgments of the Courts of Appeal, refused to issue certificates of return to candidates of the APC which won elections in the state.

On their part, the APC candidates in the elections, through their counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), also asked the court to uphold the Zamfara State High Court judgment.

The appeal was between Sanusi Liman Dan Alhaji & 37 others, Vs Senator Kabiru Marafa &144 others.

The apex court fixed May 24 for judgments.

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