UPDATED: Zamfara Governorship Election: Supreme Court throws away APC application

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Chief Justice Tanko Muhammed led Supreme Court panel has dismissed the application of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking for the review of Zamfara Governorship Election judgement.

According to the apex court, the application was a gross abuse of the court, frivolous and grossly fexatious.

The CJN Muhammad led panel also fined the APC N2million to be paid to the respondents.

The Supreme Court had in 2019 nullified the election of all candidates of the APC in Zamfara State and declared the candidates of the PDP winners of the Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives, State House of Representatives elections.

Not satisfied with the apex court judgement, the APC approached the court to review its earlier judgement but got fined instead.

The apex court in its ruling noted that it canot set aside its ruling in any matter except to correct clerical errors and other issues in line with Order 8 Rule 16 of the Supreme Court.

Justice Inyang Okoro who delivered the judgement said; “Even, our fore-bearers did not leave anyone in doubt that a Supreme Court judgment, once delivered, cannot be adjudicated upon in the form of appeal by the same court,” he said.

He noted that there must be an end to litigation and the finality of the Supreme Court was sealed.

“The consequential order complained of by the applicant is a legitimate consequential order and this application seeking for its review and setting aside is vexatious and frivolous as it violently violates Order 8 Rule 16 of the court.

“Let me warn here that political parties must obey their own constitution and relevant laws and where they fail or refuse to obey, the hammer of the court will always fall on them.

“It is the duty of the court to always take decision that will prevent anarchy in this country,” he said.

The judge further warned lawyers to bring only serious matters before the apex court as the court is already filled with litigations right from the Magistrates Court.

The Supreme Court also imposed a N2million fine to be paid to Senator Kabiru Marafa faction of the APC in Zamfara State who is the respondent in the case.

Justice Chima Nweze however held a dissenting view. In his ruling he held that the apex court could reverse itself if it was discovered that it made an error in arriving at its judgement.

According to him, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were not part of the litigation and consequently shouldn’t have benefited from the judgement.

“The consequential order complained against by the applicant has no bearing with the appeal brought by the APC and it hereby set aside, having been made in error,” Justice Nweze held

PDP Chairman reacts;

Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman of the PDP, in his reaction to the judgement noted that Governor Bello Matawalle emergence was ordained by God.

“God has designed this position for you for a purpose and you must do everything humanly possibly not to disappoint both the people and the almighty that sent you there.

“Identify critical stakeholders who can help you achieve your goals and refuse to be intimidated because you have a special mandate from God.”

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