The ruling of the Zamfara Court which ordered the electoral umpire in Nigeria to accept the candidates of the ruling party in the forthcoming elections has received mixed reactions.
In his own reaction, Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa who is one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Zamfara state has rejected yesterday’s verdict of a High court in Zamfara State, The Punch reports.
According to a press statement in Gusau, the vocal senator said he would proceed to the court of appeal to seek for redress.
The senator noted that the national headquarters of the party had made it very clear that it did not recognise the primaries single handedly conducted by Governor Abdulaziz Yari and his camp.
Senator Marafa wondered why the court should go ahead to uphold what he described as kangaroo elections by the Governor and his group even when the national headquarters of the party declared that the delegates it sent to the state had testified that there was no primary election from the wards to the state.
“To the best of my knowledge, the primaries were kangaroo elections and illegal which could not have been adopted by any court of law,” he stated.
Senator Garba kabiru Marafa is one of the G8 group who rejected the imposition of Governor Abdulaziz Yari on the cards carrying members of the party in the state. The senator warned the camp of the Governor never to jubilate yet as he said it was not yet over until it is over, saying that there would still be another legal battle over the verdict of Zamfara state high court.
Senator Marafa commended the verdict of the Abuja court, kicking against the verdict of Zamfara state high court.
He said the judgement of the Zamfara state High Court was based on sentiment and not on merit, adding that even if the candidates of Governor Abdulaziz Yari would be allowed to contest the 2019 general elections, the case must go on until justice prevails in the state chapter of the party. He appealed to his supporters not to allow the verdict of the Zamfara State High Court to bother them as he was on top of the issue to ensure that justice would not be denied.
Recall that The Zamfara State High Court 3 sitting in Gusau on Friday upheld the primary election conducted by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On October 11, 2018 the state APC chapter filed a suit before the court praying it to compel the APC national headquarters and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept the primary election it conducted on October 7, 2018. The national headquarters of the APC had earlier declared that there was no primary election of the party in the state.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Bello Shinkafi said his judgment was based on the evidences tendered before the court by various witnesses who were cross examined. According to the judgement, the APC Zamfara State Chapter was qualified to field candidates to contest for the Governorship, National Assembly and the State House of Assembly elections. The judgement also ordered INEC and APC national headquarters to recognise the primary election held by the party in the state. Reacting to the judgement, Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari said the judgement was a victory over one of the rulings in the case instituted over the conduct of primaries by the state branch of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja, the governor thanked God for what he said was a prayer answered in their quest for justice. “You remember sometimes in October, we began the struggle over whether there was primaries or not in Zamfara State with INEC,” he said. “Even though we believed that we had undergone all the processes and today, God did it once again for us by giving us victory. The court accepted that Zamfara APC conducted its primaries. “So, we are happy with the outcome and we thank the department of justice and the judges who stood their ground to ensure that justice is granted.”
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