We would like to renew our appeal to the Justices of Supreme Court to review their earlier stand and restore the wishes of the people of the state in their earlier judgement which nullified the election of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State.
We are deeply concerned by the wishes of the people of Zamfara State who voted for APC in all the elections in the state as they are crying for the return of their mandate. Also, the ruling in the Sokoto appeal was defective because the court erred in granting reliefs which were prayed consequence upon the jurisdiction of the state High Court on election matters.
We believe that since the Appeal Court ruled that the State High Court does have such jurisdiction on such judgement, it should not have gone ahead to void the order of the said court.
We pray the lordships review the rulings and, being a court of records, set it aside and give justice to the teeming masses who came out to vote for the APC candidates in the said election.
We also appeal to Marafa’s faction of the party to join hands with former Governor Abdulaziz Yari to restore the pride of the APC in Zamfara State.
Without prejudice, we will like to remind the whole world that the Zamfara governorship tussles were purely an intra-party matter of which PDP was not a party to the litigation and because it was a case involving governorship primary election only, we are hopeful that the consequential order earlier issued in favour of the PDP would be set aside in the interest of justice.
We also advise the Justices of the Supreme Court not to be deterred on the commitment to dispense justice to all without fear or favour for the greater good of humanity. We want to state that the Supreme Court has the power to review its earlier decision based on the submission of Justice Chukudipu Oputa and other reference clauses of the law.
As a civil society group, we believe that the Supreme Court will deliver its judgement based on justice, equity and fairness. Meanwhile, we also advise the Justices of the Supreme Court not to be deterred on the commitment to dispense justice to all without fear or favour for the nation’s nascent democracy.
As a rights-based group, we perceive the earlier judgment of the Supreme Court as a miscarriage of justice which should be upturned.
Amb. Muhammad ibn Ahmad, Centre for Protection of Rights of Citizens (CPRC)