Group urges Supreme Court to revisit Zamfara judgement

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

A group, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Transperancy and Good Governance has called on the Supreme Court to set aside it’s earlier judgement which declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates as winners of the Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly in the 2019 Elections.

The group in a press statement on Monday said the intra-Party crisis in the APC had nothing to do with the People Democratic Party (PDP) and wondered why the court decided to award votes legally cast for APC to the opposition.

According to the statement signed by
Dr. Manzo Abubakar and Amb. Muhammad Bn Ahmad,
National Coordinator and Secretary-General respectively, “This call became necessary in order to redeem the image of the Supreme Court as the last hope of the masses; and to ensure fairness, equity and justice”

“We equally wish to state that it was unthinkable that all the Senatorial seats to wit the House of Representatives and those of the State Assembly were unopposed for APC members and therefore required no primary given that all the disparate tendencies in the APC sumptuously collaborated to midwife the victors. So why should the apex court award these seats to the PDP?

“But as the Supreme court is prepared to rule on the appeal filed by the APC on Tuesday, the coalition is appealing for review of the prior ruling so that the apex court can do the needful in order to redeem its image and give justice to whom justice is due.

“We are aware that people in Zamfara State are overwhelming APC and voted for APC in all the elections and are hereby using this medium to appeal for the return to authenticity and the return of the respective mandates as per offices contested for.

“Accordingly, having legally been on the ballot during the poll, it will be delightful and in tandem with the letter and the spirit of the law if the apex court reconsiders its earlier stand and procedurally restores the wishes of the Zamfara people as expressed through the plurality of votes cast for the APC.

“We contended and still contend on the basis of empirical variables and in consonance with all the laws of mathematics and logic that the ruling of the Sokoto Appeal court was defective in all materials particular because the court erred in granting reliefs which were sought after the court of competent jurisdiction to wit the State High Court ruled to the contrary, In the foregoing, we wish to clarify that we cannot place the entire onus for the ultimate denouement of the election outcomes on technicalities.”

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