Supreme Court Adjourns Zamfara APC’s Request For Review

Supreme Court Adjourns Zamfara APC’s Request For Review

Former governor of Zamfara state Yari (image courtesy: ThisDay)

An application by the Abdulaziz Yari faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of the Supreme Court May 24, 2019, judgment in the intra-party dispute in Zamfara APC has been adjourned by the apex court till a yet to be announced date.

In the judgment, the Supreme Court had held that the APC did not hold valid primaries preparatory to the 2019 general election.

The court voided its (the party’s) victory in the elections and made a consequential order, directing the party with the second highest scores in the election to claim the victory.

The beneficiary of the effect of the consequential order was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

But, in an application argued on Tuesday by the lawyer to the Yari faction of the Zamfara APC, Robert Clarke (SAN) prayed the court to review the consequential order, on the grounds that it was wrongly made.

Clarke argued that the order the Supreme Court ought to make was that directing the APC and INEC to conduct fresh primaries and elections in Zamfara State, instead of voiding the party’s victory.

He argued that, by the consequential order, the Supreme Court made it possible for the PDP, which was not a party in the Zamfara APC’s intra-party dispute, to benefit from the outcome of the dispute.

In a counter-argument, lawyer to the Senator Kabir Marafa faction of the APC in Zamfara, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the application with punitive cost.

According to Ozekhome, not only is the application without merit, it constitutes an abuse of the process of the court.

He added that, with the recent two decisions of the Supreme Court, in the governorship disputes in Bayelsa and Imo states, the applicant ought to have quietly withdrawn the application.

Ozekhome prayed the court to dismiss the application with punitive cost.

Following the end of argument from the lawyers, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, who led a five-man panel that heard the application, announced that the court’s decision is reserved until a date to be communicated to parties.

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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with a special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a through and through Chelsea FC fan.

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