The Appeal Court sitting in Sokoto has nullified the Zamfara State primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stating that the party flouted it’s own rules and needed to learn a “bitter lesson”.
The judgment which was read by Justice Tom Yakubu on Monday set aside the earlier judgment of a Zamfara High Court on the primaries that produced candidates for the party to contest the governorship, national and state assembly polls.
The appeal which was filed on behalf of aggrieved Senator Rabiu Marafa and 129 others by Mahmud Magaji, SAN, lead counsel and Mike Ozekhome, SAN, was heard Monday with Justice Yakubu saying that the lower court failed to evaluate the evidence before reaching a decision.
He said: “Documented evidence has upper consideration than oral ones. Domestic affairs of political party activities must act within the law in dealing with members and election.This should serve as a bitter lesson” to parties which ought to follow the laid rules
He said that based on available facts, the respondent s did not contradict the INEC evidence in conducting the said primaries.