Court Of Appeal Nullifies Zamfara APC Primaries
Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto has set aside the decision of the Zamfara State High Court that paved way for the All Progressives Congress, APC, to field candidates in the last general election.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Tom Yakubu said the lower court that gave the initial judgement on the matter failed to do a proper evaluation and assessment of the pieces of evidence before taking a decision that is persistent in error.
Justice Yakubu said after proper re-evaluation and reassessment of the evidence before the court it was discovered that the party did not follow the provisions of the electoral act and guidelines provided by the party in selecting its candidates.
The judge held that the party had made two unsuccessful attempts to conduct primaries in the state and the list of candidates were not dully submitted to INEC by the national headquarters of the party.
The judge, therefore, set aside the judgment of the lower court which allowed the party to field candidates in the last general election.
On the 25th of January, the Zamfara High Court recognized the primary elections held by the APC in the state and declared that INEC accepts the party candidates for the election.
Unsatisfied with the state high court decision, the appellants approached the appeal court challenging the decision of the lower court.