Senator Kabiru Marafa says the effect of the
judgements from the two appeal courts in Abuja
and Sokoto is that the All Progressives Congress
(APC) has no candidates in Zamfara state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
had barred the APC from fielding candidates for the
March 2, 2019, governorship polls over the party’s failure
to conduct primary election in Zamfara state.
“We are back to status quo, that is, no candidates for
APC in Zamfara,” said Marafa, Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) .
“Contrary to the erroneous information being peddled by
some uninformed 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
“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withdrawn the motion collapsed with it and was therefore
“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execution filled by Yari counsel was withdrawn by the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. There is no APC candidate in Zamfara
state,” Marafa insisted.