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Breaking: Supreme court rejects request to review judgment over Zamfara APC primaries


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Supreme Court on Monday struck out an application by the All Progressives Congress, APC, asking the Apex Court to review its judgment on the Zamfara governorship elections.

In a unanimous ruling by a five-man panel of justices, led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the Apex Court says the application is incompetent and lacks merit.

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

The lead counsel to the appellant Robert Clarke is, however, insisting that the decision of the court was based on technicalities adding the merits of his application were not looked into.

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He says he will tighten the loose ends that the judgment has pointed out and he will submit his application again.

Lead counsel to the appellant had earlier approached the Supreme Court to review its earlier judgment on the Zamfara Governorship elections, which held in part that the APC never conducted its primaries, a judgment that made all the candidates who took part in that election under the APC platform null and void.

Justice Adamu Galunje of the Supreme Court had on May 24 nullified the elections of all the candidates of the APC in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.

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The Apex Court held that the Appeal Court in Sokoto was right when it agreed with the respondents that the party did not conduct primaries in the state.

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.


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