APC NWC meets to review Supreme court order on Zamfara election
The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) met in an emergency meeting over the ruling of the Supreme Court which earlier ruled against it this morning.
The judgement has it that the ruling APC did not have candidates at the last general elections for failure to conduct a recognised party primaries.
The judgment has it that the ruling APC did not have candidates at the last general elections for failure to conduct a recognised party primaries.
Delivering a unanimous judgment of the five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as the winners of all the posts earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.
Justice Paul Galinje, who read the lead judgment upheld the decision of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal to the effect that the APC did not conduct any valid primary election and as such had no candidate for any of the elections in the state.
He described the votes polled by the APC candidates in the elections as wasted, adding that the party and the candidates with the second highest votes and the spread in the various elections were the valid winners.
It would be recalled that the candidate of the APC, Mukhtar Idris, had been declared winner of the elections after he polled 534,541 votes despite controversies trailing his candidacy.
Though, the judgment centres on the governorship, state House of Assembly and the National Assembly elections conducted in Zamfara State on February 23 and March 11, 2019.
APC candidates, including the outgoing governor of the Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who was elected to the Senate, had won most of the offices contested for in the 2019 elections with the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates, placing first runners-up in the polls.
Earlier, at about 2:40pm on Friday, members of National Working Committee had entered into a closed-door meeting to deliberate on various issues including Zamfara issue.
After the meeting, neither the Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole nor any member of NWC who was present at the meeting briefed journalists who loitered around the Secretariat to hear outcome before heading to Presidential Villa.
The meeting was briefly attended by Yobe State Governor-elect, Mai Mala Buni, the outgoing National Secretary after which the party announced deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom as the acting National Secretary.