DAILY FILE – The Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, has complied with the Supreme Court ruling nullifying the All Progressive Congress,APC, candidates in the just concluded 2019 elections in Zamfara state.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Bello Matawalle of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of Zamfara state governorship election.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, announced this during a press conference in Abuja on Saturday.
He also said the party won in all elective positions in the state.
He said this followed the supreme court decision sacking all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general election.
The apex court had ruled the party did not hold a valid primary election and subsequently voided its votes.
Matawalle had scored 189,452 to emerge second in the governorship election.
The Supreme Court had on friday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had no candidates in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara state.
The five-member panel of justices, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, held that the party in the state failed to conduct primaries in accordance with the party rules.
In the lead judgment by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the apex court held that all votes cast for the APC as “wasted votes” and declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the elections and the required spread, are elected to the various elections. The panel also awarded cost of N10m against APC in favour of the Kabiru Marafa faction of the APC and other respondents in the appeal.
The justices sounded a note of warning to politicians against destroying the country’s democracy.
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