OrderPaperToday– The Court of Appeal in Sokoto has reportedly struck out an appeal preventing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state from participate in the forthcoming elections.
The Electoral body, INEC had earlier placed a ban on Zamfara APC from presenting candidates which was backed by a Federal high court in Abuja.
This was contrary to the ruling from the state High Court allowing candidates to be recognised but the court was accused of being the rubber stamp of the incumbent state governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari.
Meanwhile, a three-member panel of judges on Wednesday dismissed the appeal against the state high court due to the appellant’s withdrawal.
This will allow the APC in the state partake in the polls commencing this Saturday.
It would be recalled that there are two factions in the state, one led by Yari and the other by Senator Kabiru Marafa for the gubernatorial seat.
Reacting to the court’s judgement, Senator Marafa objected to it, noting that the appeal court did not clear the APC candidates in Zamfara state.
According to him, it was just “misinformation making the rounds in the social media are nothing but wicked lies peddled by dying desperate politicians that are afraid of going into compulsory retirement” and should be ignored.
He explained: ” Contrary to the erroneous information being peddled by some un informed persons, the Court of Appeal in sokoto didn’t clear APC candidates in Zamfara.
“In the sokoto division, the Court of Appeal refused to entertain the motion filled by Yari’s counsel seeking the enforcement of the judgement of the Zamfara high court. The motion for the enforcement was rested on the appeal filled by Rep Sani Jaji and since the appeal was withdrawn the motion collapsed with it and was therefore dismissed.
“In the Abuja division, a similar motion seeking stay of execution filled by Yari counsel was withdrawn by the counsel himself, who also admitted in the open court that the motion ought not to have been filed because Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu did not give any order that can be stayed she simply commended INEC and maintain that it (INEC) acted within its powers and that APC failed to prove its case that it conducted primaries in zamfara.
“She thereafter dismissed the case. Consequently, the Appeal court struck out the motion. The motions having failed in both divisions of the court in the same day, it is very clear that we are back to square one, that is; NO APC CANDIDATES IN ZAMFARA!”