Zamfara Guber: Supreme Court strikes out APC suit, affirms PDP

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The Supreme Court has struck out a suit by Abdulaziz Yari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, to review  May 24, 2019 judgement which dismissed the APC from power.

The apex had ruled that the APC had no candidates having failed to conduct valid primaries ahead of 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, Yari’s factional lawyer, Robert Clarke (SAN) had prayed the court to review the consequential order, on the grounds that it was wrongly made.

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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 of 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 constituted an abuse of the process of the court.

But ruling on Friday, the Apex Court dismissed the application for the review of the judgement.

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The court also awarded cost of N2 million against the applicant to be paid to the respondents.
A lead judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, held that the application was vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of court process.

Justice Okoro further held that the application lacked merit, adding that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking a review of its own judgement.

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