Appeal Court Nullifies APC's Gov'ship Primaries In Zamfara

The All Progressives Congress has suffered another big blow after the Court of Appeal nullified the judgement allowing it to field candidates in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State

The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto has set aside the judgement of a Zamfara High Court  on the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries that produced the party’s candidates for governorship, National and State Assembly elections.

The court led by Justice Tom Yakubu ruled that the State High Court, which earlier ruled on the matter lacked jurisdiction to have allowed APC field candidates in the elections.

The appeal was filed by Sen. Kabiru Marafa, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and 129 others through his Counsel, Mike Ozheokome.

The lead Counsel argued that the State High Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, saying that its ruling decision was  null and avoid.

In his submission, counsel to respondents, Mahmud Magaji urged the court to discountenance the submission and also relied on points in law.

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Zamfara High Court had earlier recognised the primary elections held by APC in the state and declared that INEC accept the party candidates for the elections.

Unsatisfied with State High Court decision, the appellants, approached the appeal court challenging the decision on the ground that the State High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit among others.

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