Review Zamfara gov’ship verdict, groups urge Supreme Court

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A group known as All Registered APC Support Groups (ARAS-g) has appealed to the Supreme Court to review its earlier judgement which voided votes cast for all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara state.

ARAS-g is an umbrella body of all APC support groups in Nigeria.

The Supreme Court on May 24, upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division which upturned the ruling of the state High Court, Gusau that earlier ordered INEC to accept all candidates of the APC. The development nullified votes cast for APC in the governorship, National Assembly and state House of Assembly elections.

The apex court judgement led to the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerging winners in all the elections.

Addressing a press conference Monday in Abuja, chairman of the group, Ezedinma Nonso David, said the people voted for the APC in all the elections and are crying for the return of their mandate.

Nonso said haven legally being on the ballot during the polls, the court should reconsider its earlier stand and restore the wishes of the Zamfara people.

He said the ruling of the Sokoto Appeal Court was defective because the court erred in granting reliefs which were prayed consequence upon the jurisdiction of the state High Court on election matters.

He said, “We believe since the Appeal Court ruled that the state High Court do have such jurisdiction, it should not have gone ahead to void the order of the said court.

“We pray their Lordships to review the ruling 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.”

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