Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has vehemently condemned the judgment of the Supreme Court against his party in Zamfara State.
Oshiomhole described the sacking of all APC candidates who participated in the 2019 general election in Zamfara because of technicalities as injustice against the ruling party.
Naija Buzz had few days ago published a detailed report on how the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto State which had few days after the general elections sacked the APC candidates in Zamfara State because the electoral law was not obeyed in the conduct of its primary elections in the state.
We further published more details on how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) complied by the verdict of the apex court and declared all candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winners of the poll.
The five-man Supreme Court panel presided over by Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), had ordered INEC to declare the party and candidates with the second highest votes in the state as winners of the polls.
Oshiomhole however believes that the apex court only succeeded in imposing total strangers on the people of Zamfara.
“So, there is no justice when on grounds of technicalities, you impose on the people of Zamfara, not just a man or a woman, but a whole party candidates from Governor to Senate and others that they didn’t elect,” the APC Chairman said while speaking to journalist at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
According to the former Edo State Governor, it would have been justice if the Supreme Court had ordered a repeat of the election in the state.
“If the court thought we were wrong, justice would have demanded that we repeat, but you cannot use technicalities because we are in a democracy,” he said.
“There is nothing democratic when the court imposing strangers to govern a people, but we understand that after the Supreme Court, we can only take our case to the Court of God, to that extent we must obey the Court,” he added.
He noted that considering the way the people of Zamfara voted for the APC, it is not justice when those who they rejected at the polls were forced on them.
“There is something I learnt from Lord Denning, a famous British Supreme Court Justice that the law has to be interpreted taken into account the intention of the lawmakers, and try to deliver justice in its purest form,” Oshiomhole who had been repeatedly accused by his party chieftains of injustice said.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.