2019 elections: Court affirms Zamfara APC primaries, asks INEC to accept candidates

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A high court in Gusau presided over by Justice Muhammad Bello Shinkafi on Friday affirmed that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, in Zamfara State had conducted primaries elections on 3rd and 7th October 2018.

The court also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to accept the primaries for the APC’s governorship, senatorial, house of representatives and state Assembly seats.

The National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was also barred from replacing the names of those who won the primary elections of the party on October 7, 2018.

In case with a suit number ZMS/GS/52/2018, Sanusi Liman Dan Alhaji and 37 others vs APC and 143, the plaintiffs had asked the court to compel the All Progressive Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission accept the results of the party’s primaries election in the state conducted on the 7th of October 2018 among others.

After cross examination of all witnesses justice Shinkafi granted the prayers of the APC and agreed that primary elections were conducted and won on October 7, 2018.

The APC primary elections in the state were mired in controversy when the Independent National Electoral Commission said the party can not field candidates in the state for the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

Reacting to the ruling, the Zamfara APC chairman, Hon. Awali Liman Kaura, has stated that the victory was a victory for democracy and the party in general since the party didn’t lose out from contesting the general elections in 2019.

He said that now that the serious legal battle was over, the party would settle down to map out strategies on how to take back the state that belongs to the party.

According to him, there was no doubt that there are tough time ahead considering the friction in the party, noting that the dust was beginning to settle down.

Kaura however denied that there were cracks on the walls of the party in the state as he appealed to all the aggrieved members to sheath their swords and work together to ensure perfect victory for the party in the general elections.

He also called on those members who have defected to other political parties due to the unforeseen circumstances to return back to their party, saying that there was no way they could run away from the reality.

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