Zamfara 2019: Supreme Court punishes APC with N10m fine as it fires Zamfara gov-elect

Adewale Adetoyese
The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Friday morning got a cost of N10million awarded against it by a five-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court, led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Eyewitnessreporters gathered that the panel in an unanimous judgment ruled that the APC, did not have any valid candidate in all the elections that held in Zamfara State, adding that the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal was right when it held that the APC did not filed any eligible candidate in the 2019 general election in the State.

In its lead verdict that was prepared and delivered by Justice Paul Galinje, dismissed an appeal the APC lodged to challenge the appellate court’s judgement. Besides, Justice Galinje, awarded a cost of N10million against the APC.

“I find that the lower court was right in holding that there where no primary elections in Zamfara State. “The appeal had no merit and it should be dismissed. It is accordingly dismissed.

“The party that has no candidate cannot be declared winner of the election. Therefore, all votes that are credited to such party is deemed as wasted voted.

“Candidates of parties with highest number of valid votes cast with the required spread stands elected in Zamfara”, the Supreme Court held.

In this regard, all candidates of the APC that won elections in Zamfara State, including its governor-elect, Alhaji Mukhtar Idris, have been sacked.

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