The Supreme Court today upheld the ruling of an appellate court with the understanding that there are no valid election primaries in Zamfara as the ruling effectively ended the legal tussle that has been in existence prior to 2019 general election.
The development, however, is said to make the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take a stand on what its decision would be on the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment on Zamfara All Progressive Congress candidates in the last election
INEC in a statement by Festus Okoye, INEC, Director of voter education and publicity said the commission will announce its decision on Zamfara elective positions on Monday.
The Statement read,” Following the Supreme Court’s Judgment delivered today 24th May 2019 on the Governorship, National and State Assembly Elections held in Zamfara State, INEC held an emergency meeting to consider the Court’s decision.
”The commission will meet again tomorrow, Saturday 25th May 2019 to further deliberate on the issue arising from the said judgment, while the final decision on the matter will be communicated to the public on Monday, May 27th 2019.”
Meanwhile, Senator Kabir Marafa (APC-Zamfara) has described the Supreme Court judgment on Zamfara All Progressives Congress candidates in the last election as “a sweet, bitter but a huge victory for democracy.”
Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central Senatorial District, also said it is a victory for the state and the country as a whole.
He made this remark on broadcast television, Channels station news platform "This-Nation" @7:45 today
The lawmaker and the outgoing governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, prior to the party’s primaries, had locked horns over control of the state’s chapter of APC.
However, the Supreme Court, on Friday, declared all the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates as winners in the last governorship, National and State Assembly polls, ruling that APC did not hold valid party primaries as required by law.
In his reaction to the court ruling, Marafa said, “No matter how long, the truth will always prevail over falsehood.
“Today’s judgement is a victory for democracy, triumph of truth over falsehood and redeemer of the integrity of the judiciary.”
“With this, a lesson has been served that only strict adherence to the rule of law and due process will take the country to the next level as being advocated by President Mohammadu Buhari.
“This Judgment has shown that the president is religiously sincere with his non-interference stance on the function of other arms of government.”