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Zamfara: Court halts APC, INEC from ‘substituting candidates’

The High Court IV in Gusau, presided over by Justice Mukhtar Yusha’u, yesterday, granted an interim order restraining all parties involved in Zamfara APC primaries tussle to stay action.

Barr. Sani Katu, counsel to the plaintiffs who are card carrying members of the party and some senatorial aspirants in the state, said the order implied that the national headquarters of the APC, INEC, the national vice chairman of the party in the North West and their agents could not take  any further action.

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Barr. Katu said the plaintiffs had also asked the court to direct APC and INEC to recognise the results of the primaries conducted by Zamfara APC from the October 3 to 7, 2018.

“The respondents, by law, have the statutory period within which to file their processes, but before then, the court was moved by a touch of urgency, that is the need to avoid violence and granted the order.

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“So by implication, the position of the court is that all things done from the 3rd to the 7th of October 2018, including the conduct of the primaries and announcement of the election results, are valid and any action taken after October 7, 2018, is a nullity pending the determination of the motion on notice,” he said.

However, counsel to the APC, Barr. PM Lasco, said they were comfortable with the ruling even though they were to file their counter affidavit.

The Zamfara APC was sharply divided between the camp of Governor Abdulaziz Yari and the G8 which included Deputy Governor Ibrahim Wakala, Senator Kabiru Marafa, Defence Minister Mannir Dan-Ali and others, a development that made it impossible to complete protracted primaries for the governorship, state and National Assembly up till the time the dateline expired on 7th Oct.

Daily Trust reports that if the plaintiffs had their way in the court, it meant Governor Yari had succeeded in the protracted battle.

Prominent names that featured in the purported primaries included Governor Yari himself as senatorial candidate for Zamfara West;  Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Idris who is Finance commissioner as governor; Alhaji Aliyu Ikra Bilbis as senator for Zamfara Central and  Alhaji Tijjani Yahaya Kaura for Zamfara North.

The list also had many commissioners and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Garba Rikiji as House of Reps members.

It also included the name of Alhaji Sani Ahmad Sani Yarima, the son of Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima as member of the state House of Assembly.

 


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