Zamfara APC Primaries: Supreme Court Rejects Request To Review Judgment

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Updated July 22, 2019

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The Supreme Court on Monday struck out an application by the All Progressives Congress (APC), asking the apex court to review its judgment on the governorship election in Zamfara State.

In a unanimous ruling by a five-man panel of justices led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the apex court said the application was incompetent and lacked merit.

The panel added that the application should not have been brought before it in the first place.


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Reacting to the ruling, the lead counsel to the appellant, Robert Clarke, said the decision of the court was based on technicalities, stressing that the merits of his application were not looked into.

He added that he would tighten the loose ends that the judgment pointed out and submit his application again.

Mr Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had approached the Supreme Court to review its earlier judgment on the Zamfara governorship election.

On May 24, Justice Adamu Galunje of the Supreme Court held that the APC never conducted its primaries, a judgment that made the election of all the candidates who took part in the exercise null and void.

The court held that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto was right when it agreed with the respondents that the APC did not conduct primaries in Zamfara.

It added that the 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.