Zamfara Judgement Review: Supreme Court Dismisses APC Suit, Affirms PDP Winner




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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by the Abdulaziz Yari faction the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, seeking to the May 24, 2019 judgement which removed the APC from power.

Recall that the Supreme Court had ruled that the APC had no candidates having failed to conduct valid primaries ahead the 2019 general elections.

The judgement had favoured the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has since occupied all positions contested for at the polls.

However, Lawyer to Yari’s lawyer, Robert Clarke (SAN) had prayed the court to the consequential order, on the grounds that it was wrongly made.

Clarke argued that the Supreme Court should have directed the APC and INEC to conduct fresh primaries and elections in Zamfara State.

He also argued that by the consequential order, the Supreme Court made it possible for the PDP to benefit from the outcome the dispute.

But lawyer to Senator Kabir Marafa’s faction, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the application with punitive cost.

Ozekhome said the application was without merit and constitutes an abuse the process of court.

In its ruling on Friday, the Apex Court dismissed the application to the judgement .

The court also awarded the sum N2 million against the applicant to be paid to the respondents.

The judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, held that the application is vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse court processes.

Justice Okoro further held that the application lacks merit adding that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking to its own judgment.