Elections: Appeal Court strikes out motion on Zamfara APC candidates


The Court of Appeal Sokoto Division on Friday struck out a motion seeking a stay of judgment delivered by the Zamfara High Court, allowing the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates in the 2019 Election.

The motion was filed by the appellant, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Kabiru Marafa, and 129 others through their counsel, Mr Benson Igbanoi.

Delivering judgement, Justice Ahmad Belgore ordered the parties in the suit to exchange necessary correspondences according to stipulated rules concerning pre-election matters.

Belgore adjourned the case until March 13, for hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Zamfara High Court recognised the primary elections held by APC in the state and declared that INEC accept the party candidates for the elections.

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Unsatisfied with State High Court decision, the appellants approached the appeal court challenging the decision on the ground that the State High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit among others.

A similar case was instituted before the same appeal court by Rep Aminu Jaji, a governorship aspirant and member representing Kauran Namoda/Birnin Magaji federal constituency and was dismissed after Jaji withdrew.



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