Zamfara: Supreme Court Declares PDP Candidates Winners, Says APC Held No Primaries

The Supreme Court has nullified the elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.

It could be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto State had earlier nullified the APC primary for the governorship election in the state.

The party was taken to court by the lawmaker representing Zamfara Central district and Senate Committee Chairman on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa, and 129 others.

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Adamu Galunje held that the Appeal Court in Sokoto was right when it agreed with the respondents that the party did not conduct primaries in the state.

Justice Galunje also held that a party that has no candidate cannot be said to have won an election, hence the votes cast for the APC in the election were wasted votes.

Consequently, following a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared that the party with the highest number of votes cast at the election outside the appellants is the winner of the election.

The panel also awarded the cost of N10 million against APC in favour of the Kabiru Marafa faction of the party.

After the judgement, the premises of the apex court were thrown into jubilant mood as the respondents were seen hogging and celebrating themselves.

According to them, their legal action is an attempt to deepen democracy in the country and not an affront on the party as suggested in some quarters.

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